Monday, February 20, 2012
It has happened before. It can happen again. We can change the course of history by praying.
"In the 1980's, a pastor named Laszlo Tokes took over a small Reformed church to minister to his fellow Hungarians, an oppressed minority living inside the borders of Romania. His predecessor had openly supported the communist Romanian government." Because he spoke out against injustice and protested government actions the police came out against him. Christians―Baptist, Orthodox, Reformed, and Catholic alike―poured out of their homes to surround the pastor's home as a wall of protection. They stood through day and night, singing hymns and holding candles. The pastor was arrested. But the crowd did not break up. Instead they moved downtown to the police station."Eventually the crowd swelled to 200,000, nearly the entire population of that area. A local pastor stood to address the protestors in an attempt to calm the rising anger and prevent a full-scale riot. He began with three words, "Let us pray." In one spontaneous motion that giant mass of farmers, teachers, students, doctors, and ordinary working people fell to their knees and recited the Lord's Prayer―a corporate act of civil disobedience. Within days the protest spread to the capital city of Bucharest, and a short time later the government that had ruled Romania with an iron fist toppled to the ground."
"During the darkest days of Communist rule the several million Poles welcomed Pope John Paul II to his homeland by shouting, in defiance of their Communist leaders, "We want God! We want God!" The chant went on for more than thirteen minutes, and historians trace the beginnings of the Polish Resistance and Solidarity to that dramatic day.
I predict that any conservative candidate for President of the United States that will call the nation to prayer and take as his or her motto: WE WANT GOD! WE WANT GOD! that people will turn out from the cities and towns across this country as they have never done before and the nation will be saved! I'm praying for that person to come forth. He or she has not appeared yet but I believe that prayer can change that.
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN PRAYER?
WE WANT GOD! WE WANT GOD!
(The stories and the words in quotes were taken from Philip Yancy's excellent book, Prayer―Does It Make Any Difference?")