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God's Secret Weapon--Prayer

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted--this article was adapted from an article by Keith Richards which appeared in "Christian Bible Teacher."]

What kind of TV shows and movies do you like best? My answer? The one with secret weapons! I like who-dunnits with their intrigue and suspense. I like surprise endings. I especially like it when the bad guys get nailed--even more if they're done in by a secret weapon.
The most famous secret weapons project on earth began during the Depression. The year was 1932. FDR approved plans for a new bomb. Actually work on the project began ten years later. Over 600,000 people worked in New Mexico for four years in secrecy. Scientists and individual projects were coded. No one spoke the words "atom" or "bomb." When Germany fell, the secret was yet secure.
The secret weapon was unknown until August 6, 1945. Hiroshima was unsuspecting. The fireball was devastating--the power of 20,000 tons of TNT, 9000 degrees Centigrade, a speed of two and one half miles per second.

There is another secret weapon in our world--perhaps more secret than the atomic bomb. A secret weapon with devastating power. A weapon that can help wrest our world free from the power of sin and Satan. Jesus did not merely teach his disciples facts, he modeled life. When the disciples reflected their deepest desires, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1).

How would Jesus get through to his disciples? How will we get through to our world? While his disciples wallowed in immaturity and slept in the Garden, Jesus was secretly at work-- praying. While our world wallows in sin and spiritual insensitivity, we would also do well to work secretly--in frequent, regular prayer.

Teaching is not all there is to teaching. Authentic teachers love students enough to pray for them. Teaching is not all there is to evangelism. Christians sincerely concerned about the souls of others will pray for those souls.

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

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