Letter from the Editors: April 2013

The theme of this issue is the Power of Prayer. As time goes on and we travel this country, we see great need in our nation, in homes, and in peoples’ lives. There are so many hurting people whom God brings into our path. The needs are great and these needs should drive us to our knees!

[quote]“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”[/quote]

(Hebrews 4:15-16.)

Praise the Lord we can come to Him at any time on any day and bring our needs to Him. He understands and knows just how to answer our prayer, whether it is for us or for someone else.

God is still in the business of performing miracles. He is more involved in our lives than we realize. He wants us to bring needs to Him. He wants to answer our prayers…and He wants to receive the glory for answering them! Why then, do we often take the glory for ourselves or call it coincidence?

Many times, during the first talk of Reformers Unanimous on a Friday night, a student may give thanks for a particular leader or servant of the Lord. This is good. However, if it becomes a continual praise, then that leader or servant is doing something wrong. God should be the One getting the glory, and it is up to us as Christians to be sure to point others to focus on what He is doing…not our part.

There is power in prayer…because “Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy” (Exodus 15:6.) God reminds us in James 5:16 that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” May we all realize the need to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17.) Let us all remember that our first response to all adversity – whether in our nation, our home, our church, or in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones – should be to access the power of God as we humbly fall to our knees in prayer.

We trust that this issue will be a blessing to you and that we focus on God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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.”

– Benjamin & Wendy Burks

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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