"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2
Pastor Ha's church in Vietnam grew from twenty-nine to over 5,000 in just a few years during the communist regime in the late 1970's. When asked the secret of this phenomenal church growth, Pastor Ha replied, "I have a very simple theology.
And yet after his years of imprisonment, Pastor Ha said,
Vietnamese Pastor Cuong also spent over six years in prison. He says this about prayer:
"In my work I was so busy I had no time to pray. But in prison, I was thankful to God that He gave me time for prayer. I had about six hours of prayer every day. I had time to recall every member of my congregation to pray for them. Before that, although I served the church, I didn't have enough time to pray for them. I learned about the real presence of God in prayer there.
All of the world's major religions emphasize prayer. The Buddhists repeat their prayers fervently, although they do not believe anyone is listening. The Hindus pray regularly, believing one of their many Hindu gods may be listening, but they do not really expect any response to their prayers. The Muslims pray five times a day. They believe that Allah is listening, but he will not alter his plans to meet their needs.
Devout Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims consider Christianity a prayerless faith, because they rarely see Christians praying.
Response: Today I recommit to spending time in communicationprayerwith my Lord.
Prayer Pray that all Christians in prison will experience God's presence in a special way today.
"When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever." Proverbs 10:25
Source: STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM (SSTS) -A daily devotional message by Paul Estabrooks © 2010 Open Doors International. Used by permission
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