Our Call to Prayer -- By Inez B. Norwood

On Sept 11, 2001, our nation was attacked by an evil enemy. We heard a cry go out from most every direction for prayer, and rightly so! I am sure that we all have rejoiced to see this change in out national attitude toward prayer. We have seen and felt the need for a "return to God" and to hear our national leaders give credence to principles upon which our Country was founded. We all know that the greatest strength on which we can draw is that of the God of Heaven. And we surely must know that our prayers must be backed by a determination to live as we pray!

We recognize this declaration of war upon us and upon all peoples of the world by these terrorists. Upon all who dare to disagree with their beliefs. These people, while claiming to be followers of Jehovah God (Allah), are enemies of God, also! They make claims of faith, making long prayers. No one can claim love of God and have no love for others who are created in His Image! Actions would speak louder than the prayers. In their denial of Jesus as the Messiah they deny the true God. In rejecting the Bible as the inspired word of God and putting their faith in the Koran, they deny the God of Heaven. They have made their choice of judgment in the finality of it all! "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him, the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48

In the teachings of Jesus and all through His earthly life, Jesus was plain in instructing us how to live with one another. As our Lord walked and talked with His disciples, He left no doubt that these words were the "gospel of the kingdom." (Mt. 4:23) This message was given and was to be taught and practiced by His spiritual kingdom here on earth. All of us should take personal inventory and look at our actions. Do we not "reject" His word when we bring harm to another? In Matthew 7:12 Jesus set forth a way of life which would end all war and terror! "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them for this is the law and the prophet." I am not saying that our Government should not seek to bring justice to any and all who would be marauders and wreak havoc in society, because I truly believe His Word gives that duty and right to government and rulers. And I believe you and I are to uphold and respect that right. ( Romans 13; 1 Pet. 2:13-16)

One thing uppermost in my mind of late is "Have we, who do believe in and know Christ, so lived that those who have not had that opportunity desire to also know Him ? Do we who claim to be Christians live as we should in the world? Also, is it not a fact that if we would be heard in our prayers, we should be righteous in our daily lives? A reading in 1 Peter is so specific and one which all of us should mark indelibly on our minds: ".....be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good, let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." (Emphasis, mine). May we work harder to make a difference in the world where we live!

Philippians 4:19 confirms the power that God has to furnish the needs that we bring to Him and that He will see that they are supplied! "But our God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." The following quote from J. Hudson Taylor appeared this week on my inspirational calendar and drives the thought home that we are to follow God’s instructions in order to receive His promised blessings: "Depend upon it, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies."

"When my burdens have grown heavy,

And my way I cannot see,

What a joy to know my Father

Waits in love to hear from me.

When the trials of life oppress me,

And my pathway fills with care;

I take courage in the knowledge

That my Father answers prayer!"

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord

and He shall sustain thee." Ps 55:22

Inez B. Norwood