People long with sentiment back to the good old days when America was seemingly the strongest, most dominant super power in the world. Sane and rational people, not the uber left of course, cherished this position of power, not so that we could impose our will throughout the world, but more because we could control our own destiny here at home. Alas, those days seem to be long gone, and one has to wonder “Did we cherish our role enough?” Apparently not, because we let it sift through our hands as quickly as fine sand.
Here is some very good news! Not only do we still have the power, but it really has never left us. As I have stated many times in this blog, what is happening to us right now is very real, and based in the reality of the every day events that are drowning us in chaos with disaster upon disaster. But, the power shift and all of its spin-driven daily bombardment of nonsense is in a large part illusory! I have referred to the “Three Card Monte,” “The Tail Wagging The Dog,” “The Man Behind the Curtain Syndrome,” and of course, the fake power of the “The Fourth Estate,” as phrases to describe the phenomena of what is happening not just to our country, but to the world at large.
Think for a moment. What inside you has changed? If you’re reading this post, chances are that you would describe yourself as a conservative, maybe independent or libertarian, and most likely you have a belief in God.
So please think about the way that this administration has changed you in the last couple years. Think about the positives and the negatives, because your power base is derived from both places. We effect more clear change from the positive, that is true. But we also many times are motivated by the negative things unless we allow those things to destroy us. You’ve heard the expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I very much believe in that philosophy because I’ve lived it!
If you are the average United States citizen, who truly cares about your country, I’m certain that many of you would describe the past two years as a time that you have undergone deep, jugular change in virtually every area of your life. You have probably become more proactive in your political and ideological stances. I’m sure that most of you have become much more sensitive to what is being told to you by our government and the media. You have probably erred on the side of discernment more often than not. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea.
Many of us believe in the power of political change. We are seeing both the positive and negative effects that political change can have on us as individually, as a nation of people, and our world – our cosmic home where we are forced to share our stewardship with that of many whose motives in life we cannot relate to or understand.
The power of the press is a power that if you were passively or subtly aware of prior to the massive sea change that took place in 2007-2008, you are most certainly top minded about in 2011. It got a president elected while many of us weren’t paying attention!
So the power of politics and the power of the press are both very influential powers that at some times seem to have a vice grip on us collectively and individually.
However, as I stated at the top of this post, I have very good news for you about another type of power. The power of prayer.
The power of prayer is greater, and more powerful than any inward our outward power we as individuals possess or can use effectively to create dynamic change not just in us but around us. Prayer is a gift that the God who created us all gave us mortals as a way to communicate with Him. Can you think of any greater power than that? I cannot. What power is there that can possibly be greater than the power to communicate with the Creator of the universe?!? Can you name one that even comes close? I cannot.
I have lived a bountiful life on this planet earth and I have yet to encounter a mightier way to express destiny, love, forgiveness, compassion and repentance that nears the power of prayer. Hundreds of thousands of books have been written about it, including the most popular book of positive power in the history of the world, the Holy Bible. More people have talked about this power than any other subject since the dawn of mankind in the way of sermons from the pulpit.
Millions upon millions of people are feeling the direct power of prayer right at this second as I write this post.
I have attempted to incorporate prayer into everything I do, because the people that I most admire in this world, both dead and alive have lived their lives by this principle, and I am trying my best to emulate them. But more importantly, because the living Christ has given me this personal interview. This personal dialogue. This form of communication that is available to me 24 hours a day, every day of my mortal life.
Ponder this for a moment. If you received a call from the White House this evening, and it was David Axelrod, and he told you that out of a pool of people, the President had selected you for a private meeting next Monday at 7:00 for one hour to discuss anything that was of importance to you, would you decline? Not likely. I don’t care what your politics or world view, you would NEVER say, “sorry, Axelrod, I’m too busy that day. I have to download several of the latest applications for my i-phone, stop by the Starbucks for my $5.00 Frappacino and get on with the business of daily living. There’s the kids, work, my never-ending list of chores, and of course, my social life. Would you please tell the president to forget about it? Thanks anyway.”
No I’m sure that your stomach would immediately go into permanent butterfly stage, you would hardly sleep between now and next Wednesday preparing yourself for the meeting. You would tell all of your friends and loved ones about the meeting and its great importance to you. You would certainly begin preparing your physical body with a visit to the hairstylist or barber. If you’re a woman, you might shop for hours for that special outfit. If you are a man, you would be certain that your very best suit had visited the cleaners and your favorite tie was without blemish. Why, you might even get a pedicure or manicure, right? Yes, you would be in rare form for your meeting with the President of the United States.
What if the agent for your favorite music star or actor called and said “We know what a huge fan you are of Mr. Springsteen,” or “Ms. Streep,” or whoever it might be, “and they would like to have dinner with you next Wednesday evening at 9:00 for an exclusive private meeting in the banquet room of their favorite upscale restaurant in your town. Can I put you down for a yes?” What would your response be? “Well, I’d love to meet with The Boss, but I have a such a busy schedule that Wednesday. I’ve got to get the kids to bed and I have to hit the rack early that night anyway. I’m always exhausted by 9:00 pm, and I won’t be able to wait for my head to hit the pillow.” Or maybe you might have this response for Ms. Streep’s agent. “You know, she has always been one of my all time favorite actresses, but the fact is, she hasn’t been in anything lately that I really like. If she starts to be more prominent, or picks better roles, I would consider it. But not at this time.”
I doubt you would have any of theses replies. You would be sure that your digital camera was all charged up and your memory card was empty. You would most likely have something ready for them to sign. You would hardly be able to keep from talking about the impending meeting until the moment it arrived and the stretch Hummer stopped at your door to pick you up.
Let’s say that you received a call from your best friend’s spouse. Your best friend recently had to move away to another part of the country, and when they first moved you were talking with them every day on the phone, but the calls came fewer and farther between because life had become so busy. Then came this call. “I just wanted you to know. We received a pretty hard blow today. Nancy hasn’t been feeling up to par lately so we’ve been to the doctor quite a bit. Today we got the news. It’s untreatable cancer, very advanced, very aggressive. I’m afraid there’s only a few days remaining. She requested that I call you right away. She’d like to see you one last time before she dies.” What would your response be? I doubt that you would say, “I’m sorry, I just can’t make it. I’m shocked to hear of this terrible turn of events, but I just need to catch up with my social networking. My Facebook and Twitter accounts have been so neglected lately. Please tell Nancy it’s been nice knowing her. Thanks for letting me know.”
You would never think to give such a reply. You would be on the next flight, praying every minute that they hold on long enough until you can get there. You’d drop everything. You’d cancel every plan, no matter what the cost. Your life would be forever changed by a one minute phone call.
Are you starting to get my point?
Now please think about this. You have an appointment, an interview with the Almighty God! The creator of everything around you and in you! It cannot wait or be postponed! You are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to meet with the One who breathed the breath of life into your lungs! The One who knows everything about you. Who loves you with the greatest and most important love of all. This appointment must be kept. It’s called prayer. The power of prayer is the greatest power you now possess or will ever possess. The power of prayer moves the hands that rule the entire universe. You cannot evade this, your greatest meeting, another minute. God is waiting to hear from you! What will your answer be?