The Christian Week of Prayer

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 3rd Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The week of January 18 through the 25th is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Christians from around the world will observe this week of prayer. Many churches will be holding ecumenical worship services. Eight days of prayer is not enough. We need to be praying daily and not just during our morning devotional time. The French Roman Catholic Francois Fanelon (1651 – 1715) said it best, “Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer.”

Pray Without Ceasing

When it comes to a role model for how we should pray, there is none better than King David is. No matter what was happening around him, he found time to pray many times every day. King David wrote in Psalm 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” In Psalm 119:164, the Psalmist writes, “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.” The prayer life of a true believer is not, should not, and cannot be a sometime thing. We need to be prayer warriors’ 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and 52-weeks a year.

The Holy Spirit is Our Squad Leaders

We are We Are the Hands and Feet of Jesus and the Holy Spirit is our squad leader. We must pray continuously for the Holy Spirits guidance and then wait upon Him for guidance. He will direct our steps. He will lead us to the people that we need to share the Good News with, those who are hurting spiritually, or physically, those who will be receptive to what we have to share with them. He will give us the words to speak that will touch their hearts.

We Christians Must be in the World but not of the World

We must be in the world if we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Through unceasing prayer and meditation on God’s Word, we gird ourselves with the full armor of God. The armor of God protects us from the world and the lies of Satan. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The world can be a dangerous place, but we cannot hide from those dangers if we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. God has equipped us with all the weaponry that we need to win every battle, and prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in our mighty arsenal. There was a time when I relied on my .357 magnum Colt Python, or on my Glock model 22 .40 Caliber automatic to protect me from those that would harm. Today, as a Christian, going out to do battle with the devil, I rely on prayer and the Word for that same protection. The Word tells us in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

We are living in Desperate Times

These are desperate times. Studies conducted by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty tell us there are 1.75 million homeless people living in the United States today. The 2012 U.S. Census report states that 16 percent of all Americans live at or below poverty level. Twenty percent of those living at or below poverty level are children. In 2011, 1.5 million American households were living in extreme poverty, those living on $2 per day, double the 1996 figure. There are 2.8 million children in the land of plenty living in extreme poverty. According to the FBIs Unified Crime Report, there were an estimated 14,827 peopled murdered in the United States, a 1.1 percent over the 2011 estimate. We are living in dire times. The devil is working overtime. The solutions to these problems are not more government programs, but Christian prayers and evangelism. We need revival. We need to be out spreading the Good News without concern for our own safety. We need to be fishers of men, bringing sinners to the cross. Only God can save our world from the self-destructive path it is following. The Lord Jesus laid down His life for us sinners, should we be willing to do anything less for Him if we are called to?

Christian Unite

That is my rallying cry and it should be the rallying cry of every Christian. We need to set aside our differences and unite. No matter what sect you belong to, we all serve and worship the same God. The time is long overdue for us to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to unite in battle against the evil one. The devil loves it when we fight between ourselves over doctrinal difference. A house divided cannot stand, and that what we Christians have become. Is it not time that we set aside our differences and present a united front against the devil? We need to become a house united, putting aside our doctrinal differences, and stand shoulder to shoulder in our fight against the evil one (1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour). We must unite in prayer, during not only the Christian Week of Prayer, but also every day of the year. Oswald Chambers, the early twentieth century Scottish Protestant clergyman, teacher and author said it best when he wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Jerry, you have asked all Christians to unite. Good, but what about people who follow other religions?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Madan, I can only speak on what I know. I have accepted on faith that our God is the only true God. I think that God will hear your prayers no matter what your religious beliefs are if you are praying sincerely and for the right things.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Jerry , bless you for this post . It has revived me to pray again as I once used to .
Thank you and may our Lord richly bless you in 2014 in every good work .
Stella <><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning Stella.
Let me respond to your comment with a Max Lucado quote: Jesus tends to his people individually. He personally sees to our needs. We all receive Jesus’ touch. We experience his care.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Jerry, this is yet another lovely, inspiring post. Thanks so much for sharing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Jan 2014 (#)

My pleasure Connie.
Stay safe and warm. Bad storm heading our way.
God Bless.

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