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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. 

~Henry Ward Beecher

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.

~ D.A.T. Pierson

“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying.”

~Paul E. Billheimer

Peter is a dear friend of mine…

 

“We’re praying for jobs and different things now.
And it’s working, too. Eleven souls have been saved,”
Day said. “God is answering our prayers. There is no
doubt about it, He is hearing our prayers. I believe in
prayer.” These are the words of Commissioner David
Day of Scott County, Tennessee. Day, a committed Christian
and public servant, made these comments in a recent
interview with Alex Murashko, a reporter with The Christian
Post. These few words are part of a larger and quite
miraculous story, yet you won’t find it being reported by
any of the national news outlets like NBC, ABC, CBS or
even Fox News. It has, however, been reported in Christian
publications and Christian TV and radio stations all
over the South and Midwest.

 

As Christians, we shouldn’t be surprised by the secular
news media’s lack of interest in covering a truly newsworthy
story about drug abuse, prayer and the response of
God to a handful of deeply committed Christians and their
concerns for their small southern town. According to
Commissioner Day, “nothing we did to stop the drug
problem was working so we decided to take it all to the
Lord in prayer.” What the general public around the
world has missed—due to a lack of responsible reporting—
is the amazing and true story of a small but committed
group of Christians who, by getting on their knees to
seek God’s grace and deliverance from the crime wave of
methamphetamine they were facing, witnessed God’s miraculous
hand. In the article reprinted below, Commissioner
Day recounts firsthand how they beheld the glorious
power of prayer and the miraculous acts of God in
response to every knee that touched the ground and every
tear shed before Him: eleven people were saved and
brought to a new life in Christ through these people’s
prayers! This is where I want to be, too, on my knees in
the REAL belief that God still answers prayers and will
bring change to people’s lives and our Country as we
humble ourselves and PRAY!

 

One of the reasons I believe this story was not covered
by any of the national news outlets is its positive nature.
When the secular press sees that a story like this will unavoidably
portray Christianity positively, they don’t want
to run it. That’s because there is an undeniable negative
bias in the press regarding anything Christian, or, more
specifically, toward anything that puts Christianity in a
positive light. The work God is doing through these committed
believers should be an encouragement to us to follow
their example of praying without ceasing.

 

Here is an excerpt from The Christian Post, giving you
the rest of the miraculous story from Commissioner Day
and Mike Cross, Scott County’s top Cop:

 

“Government and church leaders in Tennessee’s Scott
County are attributing a surge in meth lab seizures and
drug arrests to the power of prayer originating from
monthly community rallies which began in April. The first
prayer rally held in early April was attended by 200 people
on the lawn of the Huntsville courthouse and was planned
by county officials as an annual event. However, when
four meth labs were seized by law enforcement within the
first week of the prayer event, the meetings became
monthly. Also, since the first meeting, 21 meth labs have
been seized by police, an increase of 600 percent, say
county officials. For the last two weeks, the prayer vigils
have turned into nightly revival meetings held in a tent at
the park across from the courthouse. [PG: Wow, where
was the ACLU? God can deal with them with no problem.]
In a state that recently surpassed Missouri as having
the most methamphetamine production in the nation, several
counties in Tennessee appear to be losing the war on
drugs as the result of less funding for enforcement. Scott
County Sheriff Mike Cross and Commissioner David Day
say they were desperately looking for answers when they
came up with the idea for a prayer rally. “We had three or
four deaths in the county and the sheriff and I had a talk,”
Day told The Christian Post. “He said, ‘Man, we just
can’t control it. The only one that can control it is
God.’ I said let’s have a prayer rally. Let’s get together
and pray.” Day, who attends a Baptist church in Pioneer,
told the CP reporter that he and the sheriff are men of faith
that believe strongly in the power of prayer. “We seem to
look at government for our solutions and a lot of people
like myself don’t think government can solve these
problems,” Cross told a local TV station reporter at the
first rally. “It’s up to each individual community. I
think God is the answer. Washington and Nashville
can’t help. God is the answer.” Chief Deputy Ronnie
Phillips told reporters that the county has seen a 600 percent
increase in drug arrests, “specifically with meth, since
we have had the prayer vigil.” “We have used every tool
that we could to slow down the drug problem that we have
here and prayers have been the answer,” Phillips said. Day
said the second prayer rally doubled in attendance to 400
people and that the increasing number of seizures of meth
labs since that time has come in amazing ways. “The meth
labs just started falling into our laps. Everywhere the police
were going, they were coming up with meth labs.

Whether they were serving papers, traffic stops or whatever,”
Day explained. Residents in the county have now
met 14 times during the nightly revival meetings, which
meet every day but Sunday. A different church leads the
non-denominational meeting every night, said Day. The
prayers have extended beyond asking for relief in the meth
war, he said. “We’re now praying for jobs and different
things. And it’s working. Eleven souls have been
saved,” Day said. “God is answering our prayers. There
is no doubt about it, He is hearing our prayers. I believe in
prayer.” Local Baptist Minister Kermit Phillips is one of
the leaders of the revival meetings. “We still believe, as
the Scripture says, righteousness exalts a nation and sins
can bring reproach to all people.”

No wonder the national press didn’t want to run with
this story—it’s a powerful example and reminder of what
God can do when we humble ourselves and pray for our
Country, counties and towns. The United States is in a real
mess right now, but that does not mean that it’s beyond
God’s power, mercy and grace. Throughout history, when
people have stood up to the powers that be, taken a stand
out in the open, and prayed as these folks have in the name
of Christ, God has always responded powerfully. Prayer is
God’s tool of change and we are His agents—especially
when we are humble.

“The first prayer rally . . . was attended by 200 people
on the lawn of the Huntsville courthouse and was planned
by county officials as an annual event”—God has shown
up to demonstrate that He is still sovereign over all He has
created and is willing to intervene for His glory and the
purposes of His Kingdom.

Recently I’ve been reading a great book, The Mighty
Weakness of John Knox, by Douglas Bond. John Knox
was known as the “Champion of the Scottish Reformation.”
It was Knox who humbly worked, preached and
prayed harder than most other Scots to make sure,
through “grace alone,” that the Church God would bring
about in Scotland during those troubled times was
founded on “Christ alone” by “grace alone” for “God’s
glory alone” instead of for the Roman Catholic Church, or
for King and Country. Knox, in a very public manner,
stood up openly to Bloody Mary, Queen of Scots and
preached Christ, the cross and repentance from sin—in
today’s parlance, very un-PC! This was an affront to the
proud monarch who quickly placed a warrant on Knox’s
head, to kill him on sight. Yet he was the one who died
from old age and Queen Mary lost her head in the Tower
of London. I think the lessons we could learn from his life,
and on facing a hostile government through prayer and
preaching the gospel, are worthy of examining in a serious
way. C. H. Spurgeon once said of Knox, in regards to the
power of his prayers, “When John Knox went upstairs to
plead with God in prayer for Scotland, it was the greatest
event in Scottish history.” The prayers of Knox and others
“were the engine that advanced the Reformation in Scotland
and Knox was the foremost prayer warrior in the
realm. Thus, when Knox felt overwhelmed by spiritual and
political enemies, when all hope from earthly powers was
exhausted, when all seemed lost for the gospel in Scotland,
Knox prayed.” (Douglas Bond)

It is obvious where Knox placed his hope when he felt
as if all remedies on earth had been exhausted. As Bond
states in his book, “Knox prayed.” No matter the circumstances,
when he battled against the Monarchy for the
Kingdom of God, Knox got on his knees and sought the
same God that Elijah did when he faced the priests of
Baal. (1 Kings 18:20–40)

If we are to learn anything from men like Knox, it’s that
we must seek God on our knees, no matter how PC we are
or aren’t, just like the folks in Scott County, Tennessee.
And when we do, we can and must believe that prayer is
one of the primary paths that God has chosen to work
through—hopefully before we come to the point where,
battered and bloodied, we find that all earthly means have
failed.

If you are like I am, you are daily bombarded by those
who proclaim that we should do this or that—buy gold,
buy oil or stick our money under our beds—before this
grand experiment we call America fails. But the more I
listen to the pundits of doom, the more I’m convinced that
I need to be on my knees in prayer. It is time that the
Church corporately humbles itself and prays in faith for
God—who can and will deliver us from evil and continue
to establish His Kingdom IN THE MIDST of evil men—to
reveal Himself so all will know that He is the glorious and
sovereign Lord over all. And as we take a stand in the
open in prayer, He will take up our cause and let all who
stand against Him know that, “One man with God is always
in the majority.” (John Calvin)

There are Christians in many places around the world
who are actually being persecuted, who are being tortured
and put to death, but we are not among them. Sure, we are
feeling the barbs from the enemy of Christ—Satan and his
minions—but we are not being tortured or killed. For this
we can thank God. But this is a time when we should take
a cue from John Knox, a man of God and prayer, and do
as our Savior told His closest Disciples to do, “Why are
you sleeping, get up and pray so you may not enter into
temptation.”

I want to thank you for your prayers for Dayspring and
me. In these difficult times, when it’s necessary to be
prayerful over where we give our finances, you have been
very gracious. Thank you for your support. I could not do
it without you. May God bless you.

In His Service,
Peter Garich
Dayspring Center for Biblical Counseling • 5396 Greenbrier Ave. • San Diego, CA 92120 • (619) 269-6764 • http://www.dayspringbiblicalcounseling

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

All glory and praise to Jesus!

Putting Prayer First—E. M. Bounds (1835 – 1913)

Edward McKendree Bounds was a noted American clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He served as a chaplain to the Confederate army during the Civil War and pastored churches throughout the South. Yet Bounds’ most famous work was his writing on prayer. Noted for his personal devotion to Christ, he prayed each morning from four until seven.

This selection, taken from his 1906 book Power through Prayer, argues that beginning the day with prayer reflects passion for God and a willingness to mortify the flesh, and it follows the pattern of eminent saints in Scripture. Of course, Bounds lived in a different time with different scheduling conventions. Today ready access to electricity and telecommunications makes late-night work unavoidable at times, and early appointments have become a reality of life. Plus, many people simply do not feel mentally alert in the pre-dawn hours. Such circumstances combine to make lengthy prayer sessions immediately upon waking impractical for some. Thus, Bounds’ comments should not be received as legalistic prescriptions for when a believer must pray.

Still, whenever Christians choose to pray, they would do well to emulate the zeal for God and the self-discipline that drove Bounds to give his mornings to the Lord.

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day…

A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully. The desire for God that keeps so far behind the devil and the world at the beginning of the day will never catch up.

It is not simply the getting up that puts men to the front and makes them captain generals in God’s hosts, but it is the ardent desire which stirs and breaks all self-indulgent chains. But the getting up gives vent, increase, and strength to the desire. If they had lain in bed and indulged themselves, the desire would have been quenched.1

Footnotes:
1 E. M. Bounds, Power through Prayer (1906), available at Christian Classics Etheral Library Website, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bounds/power.IX.html (accessed March 23, 2010)

“The Christian must live as if ALL life was a Sacred Assembly.”

~Clement of Alexandria, 150 A.D.–215 A.D.

“Many a person is praying for rain with his tub the wrong side up.”

~Sam Jones, American revivalist.

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more
possible than to be alive without breathing.”

~Martin Luther

Monday: Wash Day
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.

Tuesday:  Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.

Wednesday: Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.

Thursday: Cleaning Day
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.

Friday: Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.

Saturday: Cooking Day
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness.

Sunday:  The Lord’s Day
O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in Your presence.

–Author Unknown

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