As I walked into a gray camp full of similarly displaced Christians, a young girl with plump, black braids ran up to me and grabbed my hands. "Hello!" she shouted in broken English. "I am Tamara! I love you!"
The power of prayer: For America's future
The power Of prayer: For America's future is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.
"GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS." So screamed the headline of the New York Daily News on December 3, 2015.
Pitting prayer and action against each other, one headline shouted "God isn't fixing this," and ridiculed those who respond to massacres with words such as "My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims."
Yet what is emerging in our culture is an opposition to traditional religion and the prayer that accompanies it.
Let the country's Christian leadership do what they can to reach out to and galvanize their pastors and people so all will pray for the suffering children, the widows, the mourning parents pray for hope and peace.
President Ronald Reagan's belief, that America's rendezvous with destiny involved a choice, never varied.
Mr. and Mrs. Beaver tell the kids that Narnia is under the spell of an evil despot.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 5:12
Forgive us for what we have taught our children: that evil is good and good is evil; that darkness is light and light is darkness; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. Forgive us for teaching them that left is right and right is wrong, that true is false and falsehood is true.
I didn't understand why God was sending me to meet him, but before leaving the interview my mission had been made very clear: I promised "The Keeper of the Abortion Industry Keys" I would reveal the strategy of his national deception and deliver his personal parting message until it becomes widely known.
"Transformation of an enterprise begins with a sense of crisis or urgency," he told the students. "No institution will go through fundamental change unless it believes it is in deep trouble and needs to do something different to survive." Lou Gertsner, former CEO of IBM, at Harvard Business School, December 2002
Previously, upon hearing reports of violent terrorism, I would immediately pray for the victims' needs and ask for comfort for their families.
Awareness of being with God, and God's surrounding us, tends to get squeezed out. But how can we give God to others if we do not nourish him within our own hearts night and day?
It's only logical that if God always answered our prayers as we wanted him to, those answers to our prayers could hardly be considered miraculous.
As a high school senior, I remember thinking, "If I am going to get down on my knees, share my innermost thoughts and feelings, plead to God to help solve all the high school craziness in my life, then I need to know if He is really there, and capable of doing anything about all of my perceived problems!"
In the fall of 1999 I taught a Bible study course on the Psalms. It became clear to me that I was barely scratching the surface of what the Bible commanded and promised regarding prayer.
I know in my heart that something special happened during that prayer. When I stood up, I had found my heavenly father. From that day forward, the importance of prayer has become clearer for me and the results even more powerful.
This nation is presently in a situation in which nothing but prayer can bring restoration. No law, no ordinance, no bill, no executive order, no presidential candidate, no speech, no sermon nothing can accomplish the task.
How hard can it be? I have friends who excel in prayer. They inhale heaven and exhale God. They would rather pray than sleep. I sleep when I should pray. They belong to the PGA: Prayer Giants Association.
Although prayer has been an important part of my life for the past 40-plus years of my career in the world of investments, it wasn't until the Lord prompted me to launch a biblically responsible mutual fund dedicated to His principles.
His work synthesizes pagan philosophy, Jewish and Islamic reflections upon God, and, most centrally, the Christian understanding of both God and nature.
America, a nation conceived in liberty and justice, was built on the foundation of Judeo-Christian principles that, to this day, serve as guiding lights in our nation's hope for tomorrow. Our founding fathers were men of deep and abiding faith who understood God's providential course in forging a nascent nation out of dangling and disjointed colonies.
"Carefully read and follow directions."
To learn about how to communicate with God, we have the Bible and God's Holy Spirit to call upon. To talk to God, we have to talk in the language of God, which is the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, when tragedy and chaos invade my world and yours, as it did most recently in Paris, prayer pulls people together, asks hard questions to the only one who has the answers, and comforts the soul.
I grew up under the influence of prayer. I can still remember my mother tucking me into bed at night and guiding me in a conversation with God before I went to sleep.
This effort is planned, deliberate and well-executed. Its result deafens America to God's intentions for His creation. All around us men and women, young and old, are falling into lewd, gross immorality sexual and otherwise.
There's no greater or more famous prayer than the Lord's Prayer. Ironically, theaters throughout Britain recently banned an "advert" featuring the Lord's Prayer, intended to run just before the new "Star Wars" movie.
A painting is physical. The beauty of a painting is spiritual. Physical things can be consumed, can wear out. The spiritual doesn't. The physical can be weighed and measured. The spiritual cannot.
Circumstances will change prayer from a duty to a life-giving connection to God's Spirit. During a prolonged period of hardship in my life, a friend wise in the ways of prayer spoke words to me that changed my prayer life forever.
When I started to pray in earnest for my family members, I realized I did not know what I needed to pray for. I was desperate to know what was lacking in my prayers, and what God desired for me to understand. I now see in hindsight, that God placed me in different surroundings, moved me out of my comfortable Christian world of many years, and put me in a new place a different country and language, a new city, a new church family.
Prayer and spirituality can be mysterious, but they are real, and have offered countless millions a place of refuge, solace, comfort, hope and a deeper sense of purpose especially in times of tragedy or crisis, where grief and despair crouch at the doorstep of the soul, seeking to rob a person of vitality and life. One might say prayer is an inherent aspect of human nature and incorporates concepts such as wholeness, restoration, comfort, joy, guidance, and hope in the hereafter. The discipline of prayer is often viewed as a way to help explore one's ongoing search for meaning and creates an appreciation for deeper things.
Clinicians worldwide have come to see the value of linking abstract, theoretical notions of human change to embodied transitions manifested, for example, in the concepts of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to change and grow) and epigenetics (the study of genes).
"Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me!"
What are the new horizons for those interested in psychology, theology, and spirituality in Christian counseling? I suggest three in this brief article, though many more could be mentioned.
The research indicates those who are more actively involved in a Christian life do experience greater life satisfaction, more happiness, and greater well-being than those who are less actively involved.
When we were very young, we were enchanted by magical powers, by superheroes, wizards and fairies.
The purpose of prayer