Surprised by God's love

When world events are threatening, as they have been in the Persian Gulf these past months, people reach out to a power greater than themselves for strength and reassurance. There have been many reports in the media of enlarged attendance at churches, mosques, and synagogues, as people have turned to God in prayer for guidance and solace.

Now that the war is over, there is still a need for continuing prayer to find equitable solutions that will bring a brighter future to the peoples of this region. Christ Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31). It is this Christian commitment and sticking to our prayer that will bring solutions for the toughest, nitty-gritty issues facing the nations of the world.

Many recognized God's hand in the liberation of Eastern Europe and felt that their patient prayers had been answered. The significant role of the churches there as they stood steadfast against the Communist governments gives an indication of the spiritual power of prayer to pull down temporal strongholds. Why should we be surprised when God, who is Love, answers prayer?

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Forgiving Frisco
June 3, 1991

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