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AS CHRISTIANS WE HAVE AN AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY
May 17, 2015
Have you ever wondered how a pilot is able to move the controls of such a large aircraft with so little effort? Bearing that in mind, do you remember old war movies where the pilot is using all his strength to pull back on the control column in order pull his aircraft out of a dive? Why is there such a difference between these two pictures: One pilot effortlessly controlling an enormous aircraft and the other having to exert all his strength?
The answer is quite simple – technology. Hydraulic power to be precise.
In today’s modern aircraft there are no physical cables connecting the flight controls to the flight control surfaces. An electronic signal is sent to a powerful hydraulic actuator. It is the hydraulic actuator that does all the work. But if the actuator never receives the signal to move the control it will stay still and immobile.
This has a lot to do with God and answered prayer. God is the powerful hydraulic actuator. We have control of the electronic signal. Until the signal is sent, the hydraulic actuator as powerful as it may be cannot move. Until the prayer request reaches God’s throne room the prayer cannot be answered.
As Christians we have an awesome responsibility to pray
If we want to see positive changes in our world we need to pray those changes into existence.
In the Book of Judges we read how Israel sinned and was oppressed. In desperation the Israelites cried to the Lord and he delivered them again and again. God responds to the prayers of his people.
We look at our troubled world and see that the military might of the USA, Russia and NATO allies has not been able to suppress Muslim extremism. You can’t fight spiritual battles with worldly weapons.
The only weapons a Christian has a prayer and the word of God. So let us pray for the impossible, knowing that we are praying to an amazing, all-powerful God. Let us pray for the unreached in isolation that they may hear about the saving love of Christ Jesus for them.
“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us.” – Ephesians 3:20