Robin J Johnson
This morning the world watched on with horror as the news unfolded of the murderous and horrendous terrorist attack in the city of Nice. Latest reports state over 80 confirmed dead and scores of people injured, many critical.
As I sat watching the early morning news reporting on this attack, my heart sank within me feeling a great sadness and also anger for the tragic loss of innocent lives.
I mouthed the words, “Oh God, this is terrible!” An understatement I know, but then a momentary sense of hopelessness swept over me. I’m a whole world away, so what can I do?
I could feel sorry for those killed and injured and move on with my day. To be honest I could also feel thankful that it is all happening on the other side of the world. This is a natural enough feeling of course and not necessarily wrong when thinking about one’s own family and friends.
Our other option is to pray. Let’s pray for….
- All the injured
- Those who have lost loved ones
- The many, young and old, who are traumatized by this act of terror
- The authorities; that they will track down all those behind and responsible for the attack
- The Police and security forces around the world that they will have insight to discover further planned terrorist attacks before they happen.
- The Lord to impart knowledge to persons in authority, beyond their natural understanding, that they might be insightful and more proactive in stopping the acts of terror.
While continuing to watch the extended news report I was quickly reminded, whether it was the Spirit or my own memory, maybe both, but nonetheless an accurate memory.
On September 11, 2013 during the six hour encounter with the Holy Spirit that impregnated me with the vision to raise a MILLION PRAYING MEN the Spirit revealed a number of things to me. One reason revealed to me, for the need to raise up men to pray, which I found disturbing, was the distinct and clear impression from the Spirit that war, violent and tragic events causing great loss of life were about to escalate across the world. Though at that time there were already terrible things happening throughout nations, the violence, terrorism and human tragedy has certainly increased since then all across the world.
There are hundreds of men who have signed up on our site and almost an equal number of likes on Facebook, along with a number of women. However, we probably have not yet reached our MILLION PRAYING MEN. The total number represented is uncertain because there are actually more men involved indirectly than those registered as some of these men are associated with and/or lead their own networks and churches and are engaging men in prayer.
Yes we need more men to make a new and fresh commitment to pray. Not only praying into situations such as the above and other tragic events, but also in their own homes, communities and churches. The Spirit is calling people all over the earth to pray.
Do you have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying?
I need your help please
Will you invite and also help another man to register and become one of a MILLION PRAYING MEN?
It’s not about the numbers, but the need to increase effectual prayer.
….The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
James 5:16 (Amplified Bible)
Apathetic and indifferent
Recently I was in a meeting where – MILLION PRAYING MEN – was spontaneously promoted by the MC before I spoke. The response from the women once again was positive. I talked with several men and invited them to register at our site and received a nominal response from them. However, to date not one man from that meeting has joined us.
I am not saying that to criticize a particular church. I’m simply using it as an illustration to highlight the apathy and indifference that is evident in many places and especially among men when it comes to prayer.
I love my sport as much as the next man and proudly barrack for my team and favorite sports people. There is no apparent apathy when it comes to men supporting their sports team. But in the crucial and most important arena of our Christian life, one has to ask, “Where are the men?”
To those yet to join the team I need to say this, “Man, get your ‘butt’ off the couch and get into the game!”
The game is prayer and your participation in this team is to raise your voice petitioning the living God for His intervention into the daily lives of our families and communities.
This is not a day to be silent! The world needs the voices of those willing to stand in the gap; the world needs the voices of a MILLION PRAYING MEN.
The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice. I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land,…
(All scripture references unless otherwise noted are taken from the New American Standard Bible)