1-LRC 70 years celebration
1-LRC 70 years celebration

Nearer Than
When We First Believed

Dr. R. Clifford Jones, President.
Lake Region Conference.
Forging Forward on our Knees
            “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).
As we enter 2015, an array of emotions that threatens our sense of well-being and peace is rampant.   Fear, apprehension, foreboding, angst and alarm are overwhelming many people.   What will 2015 bring?   Will life be more bearable?   Will things get worse?   The United States economy may be improving, but social unrest continues in many parts of our country and world.   What ‘s a Christian to do?   What’s a person to do?   How may we move forward into the New Year?
The answer is as simple as it is profound.   We may move forward on our knees.   In fact, that is the best way to forge into the future—on our knees!   Christians never stand taller than when they are on their knees, a posture from which they can engage the staunchest adversary with confidence and hope.  
Power to stand undaunted and unafraid in the face of seemingly invincible foes is gained in the prayer chamber.   In response to His disciples’ question regarding their failure to cast out demons from a boy, Jesus said that such power comes only through prayer (Mark 9:29).   A praying Christian is a power to be reckoned with.   He or she strikes fear in the hearts of satanic forces. 
My favorite Christian writer states: “Prayer is the answer to every problem in life.   It puts us in tune with divine wisdom, which knows how to adjust everything perfectly.   So often we do not pray in certain situations because from our standpoint the outlook is hopeless.   But nothing is impossible with God.   Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied.   No human relationship is so strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding.    No habit is too deeply rooted that it cannot be overcome.   No one is so weak that he cannot be strong.   No one is so ill that he cannot be healed.   No mind is so dull that it cannot be made brilliant.   Whatever we need, if we trust God, He will supply it.   If anything is causing worry or anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love, and power.”
The promise of God is that if people turn to Him in prayer and supplication, God will respond in their behalf (2 Chron. 7:14).   Prayer is the key in the hand of faith that unlocks heaven’s storehouse.   Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to God.    So, let’s forge into 2015 on our knees, and let’s resolve to be people of prayer throughout the year.   Remember, we stand tall when we are on our knees!
Happy New Year!
R. Clifford Jones



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