May 24, 2012

Day 18 - May 24, 2012

 

Day 18 - May 24, 2012

Our family spent 10 years in a small community in the south side of Denver, Colorado.  It was a nice neighborhood and close to a large park.  We loved that house.  But the greatest thing about our time in Denver was our next-door neighbors.  Thirty churches had pooled their resources to the house next door.  It was used by missionaries who were either on furlough or who were being retired from the mission field.  They came for a few months or a few years.  We loved their stories of the mission field.

One thing that always stuck out was their reliance on prayer.  In many locations across the world, Christianity is not welcome.  The message of Christianity is too radically different.  I remember one missionary telling me how difficult it was to live in his African community.  Lying and getting away with it was highly honored.  As an honest Christian our neighbor was an outcast.  Reaching the hearts of these people would have to be work done by God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Constant prayer was needed to drive back the darkness and begin to shine the light.

Even though parts of our country are becoming more hostile to religion, we are still a vastly Christian nation.  We are free to worship.  We can freely talk about Jesus.  But in nations where Christianity is completely foreign, talking about Jesus can make you an outcast.  Since I had not seen much spiritual warfare, I was skeptical about it.  But as I continued to hear their stories I realized that the battle is most visible when Christianity dramatically conflicts with culture.

And I learned that the biggest weapon that any Christian has when the Gospel conflicts with the culture is prayer. 

Blessings,

Pastor David