• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Who Creates A Fourteen Year Old Suicide Bomber?

Kim Sengupta writes in The Independent:

The surroundings were grim and forbidding, a notorious jail run by Afghanistan‘s feared security service for those taken prisoner in the bloody war with the Taliban.

Among the inmates: Shakirullah Yasin Ali; a small, frail boy, just 14 years old, arrested as he prepared to carry out a suicide bombing against British and American targets. “If I had succeeded, I would be dead now, I realize that,” he said in a soft, nervous voice.

“But those who were instructing me said that if I believed in serving God it was my duty to fight against the foreigners. They said God would protect me when the time came.”

“All I know is what the mullahs told me and kept telling me, that the British and the Americans were against God,” he said with his head bowed down, his hands twisting a handkerchief….

Note that this 14 year old boy had been brainwashed into believing that by killing British and Americans, he would be serving God. He was taught this by his religious leaders. There is a fundamental problem here that our multi-cultural, politically correct government leaders choose to ignore. How tolerant should we be of a religious belief system with so many leaders who are willing to send children and mentally handicapped individuals out to blow themselves to pieces along with any perceived enemy of their faith?

We live in a culture that frowns upon Christians sharing their faith with others. Yet, we hear very little about Islamofascist mullahs who teach the creed of suicide bombing and doctrines devoted to destroying democracy. We ignore Homeland Security reports that claim we have such leaders in American mosques doing exactly that.

The United States, a traditionally Christian nation, has welcomed people of all faiths to share in the benefits of our freedom and to practice their religious beliefs under the protection of our laws. This religious freedom, however, does not include the overthrow of the state, the murder of helpless people, honor killings, and setting up separate civil/religious courts. Shakirullah Yasin Ali, a 14 year old boy, said: “All I know is what the mullahs told me and kept telling me. . . .” How many people have died and will keep dying until our political leadership finally gets the message.

Are You A Prayer Warrior?

Mary, Queen of Scots, once stated, “I fear John Knox’s prayers more than an army of ten thousand men.” As James, the brother of Jesus said, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (5:16) James should know. His contemporaries nicknamed him “Camel Knees,” because he had calluses on his knees from spending so much time in prayer.

Are you a prayer warrior? What does it take to become a prayer warrior? Prayer is the means that God has ordained for us to communicate with Him our needs and the needs of others. It is the sweet communion of man with God as we bare our hearts to Him and, as a result, we have a greater knowledge of Him. It is not possible to pray too much. Paul commands us to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) We must come to understand, as William Law did, that “Prayer is my chief work, by it I carry on all else.”

The difficulties that most of us face in constant and consistent prayer are more of the heart than our verbal skills. If those who find themselves complaining would, instead, storm heaven with their prayers – they would achieve more in their endeavors. Without prayer, we do not even have a correct understanding of the problems that confront us, because we have not sought the Mind of God.

Prayer honors God. Prayer glorifies God. Do not worry about rules or following patterns. Just go, humbly, to God in prayer. One simple, secret, thankful prayer directed to God is a most excellent prayer. God alone will judge the quality by the condition of your heart. Do not worry if your prayer is not quickly answered by God. He desires for you to hold on to Him in prayer and faith knowing that His answer will be right and best and the timing perfect.

Ask God. That is the rule of the kingdom of heaven. That is the rule for becoming a prayer warrior. Simply pray!

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