The following is an excerpt from “Do Not Grow Weary in Prayer and Fasting,” written faithfully each week for nearly 10 years by Jerry Hale, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair for the Growing and Building Campaign.
Kris and I were privileged to attend the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) and associated activities last week in Washington, D.C. For the most part the Prayer Breakfast is a non-political event, but some things just can’t escape the political realm. For instance, the presence of the Dalai Lama sparked protests “for and against” outside the hotel on Connecticut Avenue as well as complaints from the Chinese government.
President Obama seemed at ease with those at the head table, honoring the selfless service of Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse who contracted Ebola in Africa and listening intently to the testimony of NASCAR legend, Darrell Waltrip, a man transformed by the power of Jesus. The President spoke of a letter he received from Pastor Saeed Abedini and commented how Pastor Abedini considered it a privilege to be in “chains for Christ” in Iran! Yet, politics entered in when only 30 seconds of an 8-minute speech managed to be reported in the media and that entirely out of context. Hopefully, our own faith is secure enough to let others find their way to the cross without us looking for nails.
I find it refreshing that political rivals are able to come together over the person of Jesus. This has been the overriding theme of each of the 2 NPB gatherings I have attended. The NPB goals of bringing Jesus into the process of governing are similar of our own of bringing Jesus into the military society. Not everyone thinks that is a good idea, but we move forward following our Lord’s leading with the assurance of:
Romans 8: More Than Conquerors
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As we go about our daily business, we are more than conquerors and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Knowing this, we take heart that if God is for us, who can be against us? We know as well that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.