Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Has fear gripped your hearts?

We know the medical facts.

We know the media's perspective, but where is God in this situation?

Here is a "different" perspective on the swine flu threat.

What can we do?

While many are fearful of what could happen, I would like to present a strong and powerful course of action we can take as Believers, Christians, Followers of Jesus.

When I am personally faced a crisis, need, or situation, I try to find something similar in Scripture and see what God thinks about it.

Believe me there has been found that connection to this situation in James 5.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; he Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:13-18 NIV

God has given us authority and means to stand against things that affect us.

This references trouble, sickness, a situation that affected everyone living in the region at the time.

Close enough for me.

Elijah's personal prayer changed it all for every-one.

That was Elijah - then; and we are not Elijah - today.

The power of authority is for today, in 2009.

We have the opportunity to pray in the name and therefore the authority of Jesus!

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. John 14:12-13 NIV

The power of prayer is limitless.

It is as infinite as God for it links the human life to God.

It is limitless.

Prayer touched three worlds.

It touches heaven, earth, and hell simultaneously and instantaneously.

Prayer touches man, and God as nothing else that we can do.

The enemy hates prayer because it throws the battle to God.

Prayer puts the enemy up against all his resources.

Prayer knows no limit in time.

Prayer can have an immediate effect, and reside forever.

What am I saying?

Our response should be to pray FIRST!

Prayer can change otherwise unchangeable things!

We are to use wisdom, take reasonable precautions.

Do what you can do to protect yourself, see a doctor if you are sick.

You common sense man, but pray FIRST .

The prayer of righteous man is powerful and effective.

When you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying in His righteousness, His authority, and His power.

What does that mean where your prayers are concerned?

According to how I understand the Bible, if you pray in the name of Jesus, you are praying the powerful and effective authority of the ultimate righteous person, Jesus.

Pray for your own health and well being.

Pray for the health and healing of those who are sick.

Pray for those who are afraid and do not have your level of faith.

Pray for those who have your level of faith, just pray.

Pray for those in authority.

Pray for those in government.

Even pray for our leaders.

If you need more strength and courage, pray!

We do not pray out of fear.

We pray in strength through faith in what God has already said.

"You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday."Psalm 91:5-6

"If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling." Psalm 91 9-10 NLT We do not have to be afraid, and your prayers are powerful and effective.

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