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From the Pastor's Desk

There is an old, familiar saying, "Prayer changes things." It had become such cliche' that some people adapted it, "Well, it doesn't always change things, but it does change people." I understand the intent behind both forms of the adage. However, I do still believe prayer changes things.

In Isaiah 38, we are told the story of Hezekiah's illness. It was actually prophesied that he would die. For me, the future doesn't get any more concrete than that. But in response to Hezekiah's prayers, God said, "I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add 15 years to your life" (Isa. 38:5). There is a mystery in this that I do not fully comprehend. The final outcome of events is determined by two things, the purpose of God and prayer. While God's purpose may be larger than I can fathom, it is equally true that my prayers can and do change things.

We are praying for revival in America, hopefully more earnestly than ever before. Without it, we are sunk, I do not know all that God has in mind. But I am standing in faith that our prayers can change things. Are you fervently and continually standing in the place of intercession for this nation?

We have allowed pagan notions of "fate" to creep into our theology. Even Christians often have the idea that everything that happens is fixed unchangeably, long before it occurs. This is contrary to scripture. Both good and bad are not absolutely determined and unalterable. Prayer changes things. It brings God's intervention. The fervent prayers of righteous people can be the determining factor between life and death (James 5:16). Just ask Hezekiah.

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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