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Forbidden to Get Close to God

When the Old Testament Temple still stood, gentiles could only worship in the Court of the Gentiles, which was outside the inner walls. An inscription was discovered, dating from the time of Jesus (and placed in the Istanbul Museum), which warned Temple-going Gentiles: "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."  

How blessed we are in these New Testament days to be invited to the very throne of God Himself through prayer (Hebrews 4:16).

Reference: The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, p 647 

God Never Forgets Our Prayers

Vi Braafhart ("Mrs. B" to children) has for decades held Joy Clubs in homes. Joy Clubs are mini Vacation Bible Schools, where kids come one day a week to hear Bible stories, sing songs, and learn abo... [Read More]

If You Talk About It, Pray About It

On my way to a Thursday night elders meeting, it seemed like the Lord said to me: "Don't talk about something unless you also pray about it."  

We spent a lot of time talking about our church finances ... [Read More]

Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

In Jesus' Name

When the terrible earthquake hit Pakistan in the fall of 2005, the Frontiers missionary group—which focuses on reaching Muslims with the Gospel—already had workers in the area. In their newsletter, they told about one... [Read More]

Reference: Frontiers Newsletter

The Power of a Prayer Meeting

A church in Glendale, AZ, was asked to pray for a man they didn't know. The man was a friend of one of the members. The man, whose name was Don Bandy, was deathly ill in a local hospital. The church prayed for Don... [Read More]

Reference: Author's experience

Prayer Leads to Billy Graham

In May 1934 a group of 30 Charlotte, North Carolina, business men were troubled by the spiritual apathy in their city due to the Depression. They asked a local farmer to lend his pasture to them for a day of prayer. T... [Read More]

Prayer Turns Back Tsunami

When the Indian Ocean Tsunami hit in December of '04, a woman who lived in the path of devastation was used by God to save others. The night before "Hayati" (not her real name, which is withheld for ... [Read More]

Reference: Timeline Lifeline: life after the Tsunami, "Hayati's Story," International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

You Can't Putt

A Catholic priest and a Baptist minister were playing golf. Each time the priest prepared to putt, he crossed himself. Then he tapped the ball and it rolled in the cup. The Baptist minister watched this for the first ... [Read More]

What God Can Do

A.C. Dixon wrote, "When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we de... [Read More]

Audience of One

Human audiences can be impressive.  Guinness World Records lists the largest television audiences ever: 

The final episode of M*A*S*H* on February 28, 1983, was the most-watched single TV episode with 125 million vi... [Read More]

Reference: "Ratings Winners," (2-28-08) 

Delivered from Combat

Pat is a barber in an old-fashioned barbershop in Peoria, Arizona. A TV in the corner plays daytime programs. Magazines are strewn here and there on empty chairs. Hair clippings gather on the floor. One day, when cutt... [Read More]

Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

Hitler Halted by Prayer

Dunkirk is a town on the north coast of France. In May 1940, Hitler conquered France. All that was left for the defense of Europe were 500,000 British and French soldiers trapped in tiny Dunkirk—the English Channel be... [Read More]

Reference: From Dr. James Dobson’s May 2000 newsletter, his source being: John Lukacs, Five Days in London: May 1940 (Yale University Press, 2001); The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Dunkerque," p. 385  


People’s lives today are often too busy and crowded—you might say they lack margin. 

Margin on a page is the empty space around the text. A place to take a break, maybe jot some notes. Margin in our lives is some sp... [Read More]

People Like to Talk

Mobile phone subscriptions were expected to reach the four billion mark by the end of 2008, according to the International Telecommunications Union. By the end of 2007 there were already 3.3 billion mobile phone subsc... [Read More]

Reference: "Mobile phone subscriptions to reach 4 billion by year-end: ITU," (9-26-08)  

Reticular Activating System

There’s this thing in your brain called the reticular activating system. It’s located at the base of your brain stem, and it’s basically a filter. Every day you’re bombarded with millions of stimuli—from things you he... [Read More]

School Prayer

In 1962 the Engel vs. Vitale Supreme Court decision ruled school-sanctioned prayer unconstitutional. Until then the majority of schools had some form of public prayer. Some teachers voiced their own prayer, some praye... [Read More]

Reference: "What Happened When the Praying Stopped,"  

Evidence for an Unbeliever

My wife and I started dating in our sophomore year of college, at a school in Phoenix, Arizona. When spring break rolled around, Lynette went home to visit her family in Yuma, Arizona. While home, she went to get her ... [Read More]

Reference: William Ray, Knowing God through Prayer—the Plan Jesus Gave (Ambassador International, 2008), pp. 55-56

God Can’t Be Manipulated

God can’t be manipulated into doing things against his will.

There’s the story of a boy who wanted a new bike. He decided to pray about it. He paced in his living room, thinking what to pray, and said, "God, i... [Read More]

Thief Stopped

Shirley Dobson, wife of Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, told about a time when her husband was away on a trip and she was home with their young children. She said, “One night about 2:00 A.M., I awoke with a s... [Read More]

Phone Call to the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, followed 20 minutes later by his fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. An estimated 600 million watched on television. Then President Nixon ... [Read More]

Reference: "President Nixon’s Phone Call to the Moon,", from Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

No Accident

The Arizona Republic carried the story of LaRoque DuBose. He was standing in the chow line on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific in World War II. An officer bumped him from the line for some minor infraction, w... [Read More]

Reference: Arizona Republic, 1997

Favorite Dinner Companion

The Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company conducted a study of seniors at more than 100 colleges and universities in 2001. The students were asked what famous individual they would most like to have dinner with. Jesu... [Read More]

Reference: “Class of 2001,” On Mission (Jan/Feb 2002), p. 10

A Father’s Prayer

When Minister Perry Stone was a boy, his mother fell asleep while driving late one night. Perry was asleep in the back. Her car crossed over the yellow line, heading straight toward an oncoming eighteen-wheeler

... [Read More]

Reference: Perry Stone, Angels on Assignment (Charisma House, 2009) pp. 1-2

Jesus Answers a Father's Prayer

Heaven is for Real - A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back tells the story of Colton Burpo, who in 2003, at not yet four years old, had an emergency appendectomy that almost took his l... [Read More]

Reference: Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, Heaven is for Real - A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Thomas Nelson, 2010), pp. 61, 81

Delivered in Combat

Forrest McCannon, chairman of deacons at West Glendale Baptist Church, told Pastor Bill Ray about the incident that brought him to the Lord.

He was crossing a river with other soldiers during World War II, somewh... [Read More]

The Great Invitation

Emily Post, the etiquette expert, was once asked, "What is the correct procedure if one receives an invitation from the White House, but has a previous engagement?" She responded, "An invitation to the ... [Read More]

Reference: William Ray, Knowing God through Prayer—the Plan Jesus Gave (Ambassador International, 2008), p. 165

House Saved from Wildfire

Christian recording artist Rebecca St. James had to flee her home when the California wildfires were closing in. An associate asked for prayers on Facebook: "Prayers needed! Rebecca was just evacuated from her home in... [Read More]

Reference: Jeannie Law, "Rebecca St James' Home Spared as California Wildfires Stop Just Feet From House; Singer Asks Fans to 'Please Pray For Us'," (5/15/14)

Take Your Atmosphere with You

A group of astronauts was being interviewed, and the crew was asked, “What do you think is the single most important key to successful space travel?”

One astronaut responded: “The secret of traveling in space is t... [Read More]

Little Red Riding Hood

Jesus taught that God does not appreciate meaningless repetition in prayer, telling us in the Sermon on the Mount: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because ... [Read More]

If a Sparrow....

When the representatives of the newly independent American colonies met in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to draft a Constitution for the new nation, for weeks little progress was made, frustrations were high, and... [Read More]

Reference: Samuel Eliot Morison, The Oxford History of the American People (Oxford University Press, 1965), pp. 307-308

Hospital Prayer: Scientific Study

The results of a scientific study on the power of prayer made headlines in America in 1999, for the findings were reported in a distinguished journal of the American Medical Association.

The study divided 9... [Read More]

Reference: Harris WS, Gowda M, Kolb JW, Strychacz CP, Vacek JL, Jones PG, Forker A, O'Keefe JH, McCallister BD. A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effects of Remote, Intercessory Prayer on Outcomes in Patients Admitted to the Coronary Care Unit. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(19):2273–2278. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.19.2273