Church Issues: The Power of Prayer

by CJFosdick on December 12, 2008

The greatest love of all is God’s love for us and our love for God. Never doubt the power of prayer. For those who believe in prayer and who ask the Lord to guide their lives, there is no greater force. Prayer has healed people, has won wars, and has changed the course of history. For example, East German families towards the end of the Cold War came together in prayer meetings and found the strength to tear down the wall dividing Berlin.

Another example of prayer changing history happened during the Battle of Britain, where The Nazis bombed London regularly during the summer of 1940 preparing to invade and conquer Britain. This was the bleakest period of the war, and we here in America fully expected Britain to fall and that the Nazis would then attack America.

So what saved Britain? Believe it or not, many think it was prayer. September 8th was a national day of prayer in Britain. It was then that the Nazis air battle intensified, and Britain was on the verge of defeat. September 15, 1940 was the ending date of the Battle of Britain. As the Luftwaft (German bombers) appeared to swallow up the British Air Force; there were no British forces left to fight and German victory seemed certain. Tense moments passed, but for some unexplained reason, the bombers changed course and headed eastward. The Nazis were going home and no new attack appeared. The Luftwaft never returned. Nor did Germany ever invade Britain. Winston Churchill and Air Chief Marshall Lord Downing both believed that Divine Intervention changed the course of history that day. Prayer save Britain from losing to Hitler.*

In this holiday season celebrating the birth of Jesus, I would like to propose that those of you who believe in the power of prayer, pray for America now, pray everyday, pray often. Pray for the Americans who are losing jobs, who are defaulting on mortgages, who are having trouble paying just everyday bills. Pray to give these people strength, to quiet their fears, and just plain stay afloat in a world gone crazy. Behind each job loss and mortgage failure is a personal story of pain and hurting. Prayer is empowerment, and empowerment changes lives, especially when millions of people join forces in praying for a single cause. I believe God will listen.

*To read more about this fascinating event read: “Faith in Action: Battle of Britain,

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