Matthew 21:22: “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Sometimes it seems like the entire world is set against Christianity, and then I remember that it really is. Since the time many centuries ago when God claimed His chosen people, waves of persecution and hatred have accosted those who have surrendered their hearts to God. This was promised in Matthew 10:22, when Jesus sent out the twelve saying, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Every day I see the evidence of Satan’s strategic attacks against Christians, and how the world continually attempts to stifle faith in God. Perhaps the most recent display of violence towards Christians continues to be waged in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, were radical groups like ISIS and other terror organizations murder and harass innocent Christians. It is so difficult to stand by helplessly and watch fellow brothers and sisters in Christ experience such brutality, but then I remember that through Jesus I wield an incredibly powerful weapon: prayer. In my experience as an Exorcist, I have seen first hand the awesome power that comes when the faithful cry out to God. Miracles are performed, the devil’s work is undone, and souls are saved simply by appealing to the almighty God of Christianity. It is imperative that Christians begin to lift up their fellow members of Christ’s body who are suffering persecution all throughout the world. We need to pray for those in the Middle East and elsewhere whose faith is oppressed. The Apostle Paul wrote emphatically about this issue, and was a huge proponent of praying for the persecuted church. He urges us in Ephesians 6:18 to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Often times Christians slack off when it comes to prayer, intimidated by the thought “are my prayers really accomplishing anything?” Even though it may seem like a daunting task, we have assurance that our prayers are not only heard, but will be answered if only we have the faith to believe. We must not give up on the power of prayer, but must press on faithfully, for the lives of fellow believers may depend on it.