I don’t know where my Bible is. I stopped reading it about a year ago. I stopped reading it about the same time I stopped praying. God didn’t answer my prayer, so I stopped praying.
One day I will tell you what I prayed, but not today. I still believe in Jesus and God, but I stopped believing in the power of prayer. Yes, I know, I gave up too easily. One prayer not answered, and I gave up.
On December 24th, 2015, I start praying again. I saw the movie War Room at nine o’clock on a Sunday. My church showed the movie. I wasn’t going to go. The movie sub-title is Prayer is a powerful weapon, and I thought, “Yeah, right, sure it is.” But I felt compelled to go and watch the movie.
After I saw the movie, I started to pray again. Trusting God.
Do you know where your Bible is?
I am going to go and look for my Bible now. With my stop-watch. I think it might be on a bookcase in the basement.
It was. It took me 45.41 seconds to find it.
I know some of you will find your Bible within a few seconds. It is probably right beside your bed, or beside your favorite chair. And maybe some of you never read your Bible, or don’t even own one. You don’t have to have a Bible to pray.
I took notes when I watched the movie War Room, I copied down the advice Clara gave Elizabeth, and I coped the prayer Elizabeth prayed in her home.
“The thief comes to steal and destroy. The Lord is faithful, he will protect you from the evil one. Resist the devil and he will free. Plead with God and then get out of the way.”
— Clara Williams, played by Karen Abercrombie
“Jesus is the Lord of this house, get out in Jesus name. You can’t have my marriage in Jesus name. My joy is found in Jesus. Go back to hell where you belong and leave my family alone.” — Elizabeth Jordan, played by Priscilla Shirer
I came home after I saw the movie and prayed the same prayer, and I added, “You can’t have my children in Jesus name.”
Is Prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
— Corrie ten Boom
I want prayer to be my first line of defense, not my last. I hate to ask for help, even from God. God wasn’t my steering wheel or my spare tire this past year. I stopped praying.
And that year where I didn’t pray or read my Bible, the song I sang as a child came to mind often. “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.”
Clara said in the movie, War Room, “Victories don’t come by accident. You have the know who the enemy is.” My prayer still hasn’t been answered, but I will never stop praying.
May you will always know how much God loves you, and may you never forget you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Do you believe in the power of prayer? How many seconds would it take you to find your Bible?
As always, I love to hear from you. Please let me know how you are doing in the comments.