5/11/2014 9:42:47 AM
He Needed God Right Now...
WARNING: The video below contains extremely graphic and distressing material.
Recently I finished reading "Rangers in the Gap" which chronicles the story of Dave Eubank and the Free Burma Rangers. Their ministry has been to get in between the Burmese Army and the civilians. They have brought help and hope to thousands but as you can imagine, the work has also put them in grave danger on many occassions.
The following is an excerpt from the chapter by Doh Say who came to follow Jesus through Dave.
"Let's pray right now, Doh Say. Okay?
In the truck. At the restaurant. Among government officials. Or with the prime minister himself! Dave didn't hesitate. He prayed with anyone, for anyone, anywhere.
It embarrassed me at first. But I grew to appreciate his spontaneous acknowledgment that he needed God right now to be present and active. God's peace covered us each time he called on Jesus for help, and I began to pray more often, too."
(Taken from "Rangers in the Gap" by Richard Drebert, pg. 186)
I would encourage you to go to their website and look around. But I also want us to ask, do we pray like we need God right now to be present and active? Looking at my own prayer life, I think I am too casual because I forget that I do need God right now. I am not hiding behind a dirt mound because someone is firing automatic weapons at me, but I need God right now none the less. Last night I read Revelation 12 and was reminded that there is a very real enemy who is making war upon us in a violent rage. The easiest way to lose a fight is not realise you're in one.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm....(P)raying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." (Ephesians 6.10-13, 18)