It’s good for Jesus-followers to remind ourselves that we’re part of a massive congregation, made up of people from across the planet.
The Bible refers to “a great cloud of witnesses,” people who testify that Jesus is the Truth – not a part of the truth but the One and Only Truth who leads His followers to His Father in Heaven. (Hebrews 12:1)
This body of believers is a force that even hell can’t destroy.
Jesus said, “. . . I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)
Recently, a friend posted a video that reminds us of the power of united prayer . On November 11, 2011, an estimated 70,000 Egyptian Christians gathered for a 24 hour prayer vigil. They prayed for God to deliver them from an oppressive government – The Muslim Brotherhood.
Christians of all flavours from long-bearded Coptic priests, Catholics and several flavours of evangelicals united in prayer – as the early church did. At the end, they broke out in joyful song, their faces beaming. (as the video shows)
My friend, Suna Georgy, writes this about the historic prayer meeting in her home country: The last verse in Isaiah 19 says “Blessed be Egypt my people.” The Christians (at this gathering) reminded God of His promise to bless Egypt and He did. They are seeing conversions like never before. Daily God is moving mightily and turning the hearts of people to Him. Praise His name forever.”
Jesus said: Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20
Prayer is almost a frightening force.
Prayer has already divided seas and rolled up flowing rivers, it has made flinty rocks gush into fountains, it has quenched flames of fire, it has muzzled lions, disarmed vipers and poisons, it has marshaled the stars against the wicked, it has stopped the course of the moon and arrested the sun in its race, it has burst open iron gates and recalled souls from eternity, it has conquered the strongest devils and commanded legions of angels down from heaven. Prayer has bridled and chained the raging passions of men and destroyed vast armies of proud, daring, blustering atheists. Prayer has brought one man from the bottom of the sea and carried another in a chariot of fire to heaven. That is not mere hyperbole, that is historical fact. Prayer has done a great many things beside. It is an awesome, mighty force in the world of men. — Ray C. Stedman
Prayer begins with mourning and ends with joy
For I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
You may be the only Jesus-follower in your family or circle of friends. Yet you are never alone because you belong to this world-wide crowd made up of people of faith.
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of many articles, devotionals and four books, including Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children and One Good Word Makes all the Difference.