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God’s idea of prayer is not a ritual, but
loving and lively communication between the
best of friends.
But sad to say, many people think they
can’t talk to God like that. Some think
they’re not religious enough, not righteous
enough, or not spiritual enough. Some think and His Spirit are greater than the whole
He’s too big—too far above them. Some universe. He’s so beyond our comprehension
think He’s too busy to be concerned about that He had to make Someone who could
them and their problems, which to Him must show us His love, Someone we could
seem awfully petty. Some feel unworthy, not experience, Someone who could bring God
good enough. Some feel guilty or ashamed down to the level of our limited human
about things they’ve done. Some are even understanding. So He sent us His Son, Jesus.
afraid of Him. If only they understood how Jesus has been with God from the very
differently God sees it! beginning, yet He also lived on earth in
God wants to have a personal relationship human form and experienced every joy and
with each of us, and He wants it to be the sorrow that we do.1 Jesus has been here, so He
deepest, most meaningful, most fulfilling can understand us and be the link between us
and rewarding, most natural part of our lives. and God.2
Now that’s not to say He wants to take away We can get personal with Jesus. He even
from the other relationships and activities told us to ask Him into our hearts: “Behold,
that we enjoy and consider important. To the I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
contrary. He wants to be a part of all that. hears My voice and opens the door, I will
He wants to make things easier, He wants to come in to him and dine with him, and he
give them greater meaning, and He wants to with Me.”3 He’s the One we can have direct,
enjoy them with us. In a word, He wants to personal contact with. He is the One we can
make our lives even better. He wants to add approach God through. If you have prayed
a wonderful new dimension to all that we to receive Jesus as your Savior, you already
do—the dimension of His loving presence. have that connection. 1
How do we establish such a relationship,
especially when we feel small and unspiritual (Excerpted from Prayer Power from the
and unworthy? How do we make that Get Activated series.)
connection? Simple: through His Son, Jesus.
None of us can really grasp how great and 1
See John 1:1–3,14; Hebrews 4:15
wonderful God our Father is, because He 2
See 1 Timothy 2:5
Revelation 3:20

streams that
never run dry
By Virginia Brandt Berg

can never forget the day when it dawned

upon my consciousness as a reality, a Little did I realize just how
fact, that the promises of the Bible were
practical, that they could actually be literally God wanted me to
applied to my everyday needs. It was a revelation
to me that God meant exactly what He said in take His promises
the numerous promises given in His Word, and
that He would fulfill them to the very letter if sends me with every letter. They fit nicely in the
I, in faith, would reach out and claim them in a letter, and it shows he thinks about me.”
definite manner. “A picture in every letter.” The pastor was more
God’s Word said that I had been given “exceed- curious than ever. “May I see them also?”
ingly great and precious promises,” that through “Oh, surely,” she answered. “Some are of a man’s
them I might be “partaker of the divine nature.”1 head, some of a man sitting on a horse, and some
But to my limited understanding, those prom- have the king’s picture on them. See, this one here
ises were only beautiful scripture language, never has the King of England. Long live the king!”
meant to be taken seriously or applied practically. “Long live your son!” said the astonished pastor.
I was like the very ignorant woman many years “Why, my dear friend, do you know that you are a
ago who had lived most of her life hidden way rich woman? This is money. You have wealth here!
back in the highlands of Scotland, and who was so And to think of how you have suffered and done
poor that her church had to pay her rent for her. without, when right here in the house all the time
One day when her pastor brought the monthly you had riches that you thought were just pretty
rent, he said, “Mrs. McKintrick, why is it that your pictures!”
boy does not support you? I understand he has a This was surely my trouble when it came to the
very good job in Australia, and that he is a good promises in God’s Word. I thought they were just
boy who loves you dearly. Is this not the case?” pretty pictures, just beautiful language. Little did
“Oh yes,” said the mother, “and he never forgets I realize just how literally God wanted me to take
me. Every week he writes me the most loving letter.” His promises!
Curious to know more about a son who could so In God’s Word you and I have been given exceed-
love his mother and yet leave her without support, ingly great and precious promises—and there are
the pastor asked to see some of the letters. hundreds of them. Limitless resources! Streams that
Soon the woman returned with two packages. never run dry.
“These are his letters,” she said, handing him the
first package, “and these are the pretty pictures he 1
2 Peter 1:4

Christians are divided into two types: those who
pray and really expect something to happen, and
those who just pray and do not expect anything to
Prayer is first a means to an end, a connecting
link between our human needs and God’s divine
resources. Prayer is not meant to be a “pious
reverie” that has only a subconscious effect on
us. Prayer is an intensely practical thing, as real,
as uniform, as genuine as using the telephone.
And the party at the other end of the line—God
Himself—says to us, “Ask and it will be given to
you. You do not have because you do not ask.”2

It is our part to do the taking, His to do the
giving. The Scripture says, “Whatever things you
ask when you pray, believe that you receive them,
and you will have them.”3 When we ask in prayer,
then is the time to believe—and if we do, we will
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that if we ask anything according to His will, He
hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever “You can’t fool me! I know you don’t mean it,”
we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we answered the boy.
have asked of Him.”4 It does not say we are going The question was repeated to the next boy, and
to have, but it says we have. We have it now, not again and again down the line. Each time came a
because any of our senses testify to it, but because similar answer.
God has said so. At last the preacher offered the watch to a little
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for and fellow about five years old, who was sitting on the
the evidence of things not seen.”5 Faith is believ- edge of his seat, his bright, eager eyes focused in-
ing that God is going to answer, even if you can’t tently on the preacher’s face.
see the answer yet. It is not what we think about “Little man, would you like ...” That was enough.
it, but what God says about it that counts. It is A chubby hand quickly grabbed the watch and in-
not what we feel, but what faith claims. stantly pocketed the gift. While wiggling back on the
seat, the boy said with a satisfied, grown-up sigh that
Appropriating faith it was just what he had been wanting all the time.
Attempting to teach the principle of appropriat- After the service, the other boys crowded
ing faith to the members of his church, a preacher around the preacher and protested. “How were we
once offered his expensive pocket watch to a group
of boys sitting on the front row. 2
Matthew 7:7; James 4:2
“Sonny, would you like to have this watch?” he
Mark 11:24
1 John 5:14–15
asked the oldest boy. 5
Hebrews 11:1

supposed to know you really meant it?” “That’s just God at His Word on some promise and counts it
the kind of watch I was wanting.” “If you really done. This is often called the “stand of faith.”
meant it, why didn’t you put it in my hand, or ask A splendid illustration of this is found in the Bible
me again, so I’d know?” passage where Jesus told the lepers who came to
Only the youngest boy had appropriating faith, Him for healing to go show themselves to the priest
and he put his faith into action. for cleansing. Jesus hadn’t healed them yet, but the
scripture says that, “As they went, they were healed.”
Action As they put their faith into action and obeyed, even
Many people believe the promises of God, but in though they hadn’t yet seen the answer to their
sort of an impersonal, indefinite way: “Oh yes, they prayers, God met them.6 When we put forth the
apply in general, but not specifically to me or this effort of a believing will, God honors that step and
situation.” Whereas the person who gets results is meets us. As someone once said, “When faith goes to
he who, when he has asked God for something, acts market, it takes a basket along.”
on his faith and proceeds as if he possesses. He takes
The stand of faith
One time I had prayed and done everything else
When faith goes to that I knew to do, yet there was no answer to my
prayer. I had come to the end of myself and could do
market, it takes a nothing more. Why didn’t God answer?
As I turned the pages of my Bible and prayed,
basket along my eyes fell on these very words: “Having done all,
stand.”7 Immediately I saw the truth. I had been
virtually blaming the Lord for not answering my
prayer, when I had not been doing my part at all. I
hadn’t taken the stand of faith.
So I began to praise and thank Him that the
answer was on the way. Within six hours I saw that
answer, but it was no more mine then than when I
had first taken the stand of faith. It had already been
mine by faith. We see because we have believed, not
believe because we have seen.
Faith is not some great thing, not some glori-
ous feeling, not some wonderful sensation, as many
think, but it is simply taking God at His Word. Just
as your hand reaches out and takes ahold of some-
thing, so faith is the spiritual hand that reaches out
and takes ahold of the promises of God and appro-
priates them.
So make the connection with God today through
prayer, bringing your requests to Him and claiming
His promises. He never fails! 1

(Excerpted from Virginia Brandt Berg’s book

of the same title.)

Luke 17:12–14
Ephesians 6:13
missed bus
By Ben and Rebecca Waters,
Christian volunteers in Ecuador

“I’ve missed my bus again,” sighed Miguel,

who was working later than usual.
Just then Pablo came into the office. “I
thought you went home a while ago,” Miguel Prayer for the day
said. “Why did you come back?”
“I forgot my Bible,” Pablo answered, “and Dear Jesus,
now I see that I’ve missed the bus too!” Thank You that You understand my
Just then they heard the screech of heart. Thank You that I never have to
brakes and tires, followed by a loud crash. worry about whether You understand
There had been a serious accident! or not. When I feel that I can’t explain
Miguel and Pablo were shocked to learn properly and I fumble over my words,
what had happened. The brakes had failed or when I can’t find the right words
on a freight truck loaded with iron as the to express what I really want to say,
truck started down a steep hill. The driver thank You that I can just rest in Your
lost control and it crashed into the very bus arms and know that You make sense
that the two of them usually rode! Twelve out of these words I speak. Thank
people died and 35 were badly injured. You, Jesus, that I don’t always even
Every day, Miguel’s wife Maria prays for have to talk to You in words. You just
her husband’s safety, and this day God had understand everything I’m trying to say
miraculously answered! as I pour out my heart to You.

F a l l in
When I was a child we played a game in
which we would each stand straight as a board
and then try to fall backward into the strong
arms of an adult who was waiting to catch us.
It’s strange, but no matter how many times I’d
seen it done or tried to do it myself, it was still By Misty Kay
difficult to keep from bending my knees or
doing something else at the last split second to
try to break my fall. Not chickening out took The night had closed so dark around me that
a certain “letting go” that went contrary to my I couldn’t see Jesus or feel His presence. I
natural reasoning and reflexes. It took com- knew He was there, somewhere, but why did
plete trust in the one who was catching me. He now seem distant from me? I pictured
In the Christian life we often use the myself reaching out, grasping at air, searching
expression “leaning on Jesus,” or, as the old for His love and strength. Then, in answer to
hymn goes, “leaning on the everlasting arms.” my deepest prayer, I heard His tender voice
The picture is of one leaning on Jesus for sup- tell me, “The reason you haven’t been able
port while passing through life’s difficulties. to see or reach Me is that I’m not in front of
I’ve done a lot of “leaning” in my life. And I you. I’m right behind you. My strong arms
have found Jesus to be strong and stable, full are around you, holding you from behind. All
of strength and comfort. I leaned hard on you have to do is lay your head back on My
Him through several long and difficult years shoulder and rest. Don’t reach. Don’t struggle.
when my husband battled a life-threatening Don’t try so hard to find My presence. Just
illness. I leaned harder still when I walked the lean back and rest in My everlasting arms.”
difficult road of cancer myself. But there was The peace that filled my heart was so com-
never a time that He wasn’t there to lean on. plete that it entered every fiber of my being.
Even when the road was too difficult for me, During the difficult months that followed, I
He lifted me up and carried me. leaned on Jesus like never before. It’s hard to
There recently came another time in my life explain, but it became a different type of lean-
that was so difficult it left me despairing again. ing, somehow more complete.

ng I spread my
arms wide open,
leaned back, and
fell with total
total surrender,
total trust

Then my circumstances became more

difficult still. I developed a chronic, debilitat-
ing condition, and at times pain took its toll.
It was during this low time, when I had no
I felt it lift me up, up, up, high above the
mountains. I felt the fresh, cool wind blow
in my face. Riding on the wings of the wind,
I was flying! I thought of the verse, “Those
who wait on the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings like
eagles.”1 I felt joy return to me, and my spirit
receive new strength. It was refreshing and
Then I heard His voice speak again. “This
is your place of freedom. When your body
is held captive on a bed of suffering, let your
spirit fly. Just fall. Fall on Me. Let yourself go
and fall.”
Suddenly “leaning” took on a whole new
meaning. In falling I learned to completely let
go and fall—not onto but into the everlasting
strength of my own, that I heard Jesus’ gentle arms. What a wonderful experience!
voice again, telling me, “Fall back! Just trust Science with all its knowledge and experi-
Me completely and fall back into My arms— ence hasn’t come up with a pill for true inner
like the game you played as a child.” peace that transcends any circumstances.
The experience seemed very real as it played There is no magic potion for a soul lost in
out in slow motion in my mind. I felt myself hopelessness, no tonic for a spirit crushed
standing in the middle of a blustery storm, under the weight of an unbearable burden.
atop a mountain of woes. I spread my arms I have been there, and I have found
wide open, leaned back, and fell with total that peace. Though my outward condition
abandonment, total surrender, total trust. remains unchanged, inwardly I have been
Slowly I fell out of the realm of trouble and healed—healed of an inner pain more
storm and into Jesus! I felt the soft landing difficult to bear than pain itself. I am free! 1
envelop me with love. I found myself floating
in a beautiful, dark stillness, dotted by tiny Misty Kay is a member of the Family
stars. I would call it space, but this place was International in Taiwan.
not empty. It was alive, and the very nature of
it filled me with courage and faith. Isaiah 40:31

and Jim
The story is told of a certain minister who was disturbed
What is prayer?
Prayer is simply communicating with
Jesus, just like you would talk to a
good friend. You don’t have to follow
any routine for Him to hear you. To
to see a shabbily-dressed old man go into his church at noon ev- be effective, prayer doesn’t depend
ery day and come out again after a few minutes. What could he on the position of your body, but
be doing? He informed the caretaker and asked him to question the position of your heart.
the old man. After all, the place contained valuable furnishings. Just tell Jesus what’s on your
“I go to pray,” the old man said in reply to the caretaker’s mind. He loves to listen to you. He’ll
questioning. either solve the problems that you
“Come, come now,” said the other, “you are never long face, or give you the strength to
enough in the church to pray.” make it through them.
“Well, you see,” the old man went on, “I don’t know how to Lots can be said about prayer,
pray a long prayer, but every day at twelve o’clock I just come but here are a few tips that help get
and say, ‘Jesus, it’s Jim.’ I wait a minute and then come away. results:
Even though it’s just a little prayer, I think He hears me.”
When Jim was injured some time later and taken to the 1) Be wholehearted: The intensity
hospital, he had a wonderful influence on the ward. Grumbling with which you request God’s
patients became cheerful, and often the ward would ring with help is often reflected in the
laughter. answer you receive.
“Well, Jim,” said a nurse to him one day, “the men say you 2) Be specific: Tell Jesus exactly
are responsible for this change in the ward. They say you are what the problem is and what
always happy.” you want Him to do about it.
“That I am! I can’t help being happy. You see, it’s my visitor. 3) Claim God’s promises: God has
Every day he makes me happy.” made many promises in the Bible
“Your visitor?” The nurse was puzzled. She had noticed that that He will keep in answer to
Jim’s chair was always empty during visiting hours, for he had prayer. He wants you to hold Him
no relatives. “Your visitor? But when does he come?” to them.
“Every day,” Jim replied, with a light in his eye. “Yes, every 4) Thank God for answering: Thank
day at twelve o’clock He comes and stands at the foot of my Him for the answer, even before it
bed. He smiles and says, ‘Jim, it’s Jesus.’” 1 arrives. Praise moves God to act
—Author unknown on your behalf.

How much
does a prayer

How much does a prayer weigh? The only man To his astonishment, the scale would not go
I ever knew who tried to weigh one still does not down when he put a loaf of bread on the other
know. side. And it still didn’t go down as he added more
Once he thought he did. That was when he food—anything he could lay his hands on quickly,
owned a little grocery store on New York’s West because people were watching him. His face turned
Side. It was the week before Christmas of 1918 redder the more embarrassed and flustered he
when a tired-looking woman came into the became.
store and asked him for enough food to make a Finally he said, “Well, that’s all the scales will
Christmas dinner for her children. He asked her hold. Here’s a bag.” And he turned away.
how much she could afford to spend. With a little sob, the woman took the bag and
“My husband was killed in the war,” the woman started packing the food, only stopping to dry her
answered. “I have nothing to offer but a little eyes on her sleeve from time to time. The grocer
prayer.” tried not to look, but he had given her a big bag
The man confesses that he was not very senti- and couldn’t help but see that it wasn’t quite full.
mental in those days. A grocery store could not be Without another word, he tossed a large cheese
run like a breadline. down the counter. Had he let down his defenses
“Write it down,” he said with a huff, and turned enough to actually look at the woman, he would
to attend to other customers. have been rewarded with a timid smile and look of
To his surprise, the woman pulled a piece of deepest gratitude.
paper from her pocket, unfolded it, and handed When the woman had gone, the grocer
it to him over the counter. “I did that during the examined his scales, which had worked fine for the
night, while sitting up with my sick baby.” previous customer. He never figured out how or
The grocer took the paper before he could when it had happened, but they were broken.
recover from his surprise, and then regretted The grocer had never seen that woman before,
having done so. What would he do with it? What and he never saw her again. But for the rest of his
could he say? life he remembered her better than any other wom-
Then an idea came to him. Without even read- an that ever came into his shop, and he always kept
ing the prayer, he placed the paper on one side of that slip of paper with her simple prayer: “Please,
his old-fashioned weight scales and said, “We shall Lord, give us this day our daily bread.” 1
see how much food this is worth.” —Author unknown

Q: I’ve been told that prayer is
a sure thing—that when I pray,
God will answer. Why then do
some of my prayers seem to go

A: Each of us has experienced disappointment when things didn’t GOD’S DELAYS ARE NOT
work out the way we wanted them to, and if we had prayed for that DENIALS
outcome that didn’t happen, we were doubly disappointed—first
because we didn’t get what we wanted, and second because it seemed God always answers our
God had failed us. prayers, but not always right
Even when there are obvious, logical reasons why something didn’t away or in just the way we
go our way, we wonder why God didn’t make it happen anyway. After expect Him to. Sometimes He
all, if He’s God, He can do anything, and if He loves us as much as the says yes, sometimes He says no,
Bible says He does, why didn’t He? At times like that, it’s easy to hold it and sometimes He says wait.
against God for not answering prayer. There are a number of factors
Of course, it’s not right to question God in that accusing sort of way, that affect the process, including
as though we know better than He does. It is good to ask Him where you and your situation,
things went wrong, however, because that will help get better results God and His will, and the
next time. situations of others involved.
The first thing to bear in mind is that God never fails to do what’s You don’t control the outcome
best for everyone involved, and He never goes back on the promises He completely, others don’t control
has given in the Bible. We, on the other hand, can and do fail some- it completely, and God has
times. Also, because He’s given us free will, God is often limited in how specifically limited Himself
He can answer our prayers by the choices we or others make. not to control it completely,
When prayers seem to go unanswered, some good questions to ask which is, of course, one reason
yourself are: why prayers don’t always get
 Was my request motivated by unselfish love and concern for every- answered right away. But when
one involved? the conditions are right for the
 Did I believe and claim promises from God’s Word? result God knows is best, He
 Did I put feet to my faith by doing all I could to bring about the will answer. So never doubt for
desired result? a moment that God is going to
 Was God unable to do what I asked because of the choices of others? answer. Trust Him and thank
 Was it perhaps not yet God’s time to answer, or not His plan for me? Him for the answer—even if
 Is it possible that God’s “other” answer will prove better in the long you don’t see it immediately!
run? 1 —David Brandt Berg

prayer power
Praise and thank the Lord Romans 4:21
before presenting your request Hebrews 11:6
to Him. James 1:5–7
Psalm 95:2
Psalm 100:4 Obey God and do His will.
Philippians 4:6 John 9:31
John 15:7
Be specific and ask for what 1 John 3:22
Matthew 7:7–8 Submit yourself to God and
I got up early one morning Matthew 21:22 pray according to His will.
And rushed right into the day. John 16:24 Psalm 143:10
I had so much to accomplish James 4:2b Matthew 6:10
That I didn’t have time to pray. Luke 22:42
Pray in Jesus’ name. John 5:30
Troubles just tumbled about me, John 14:13–14 1 John 5:14
And heavier came each task. John 16:23
“Why doesn’t God help me?” Pray humbly.
I wondered. Prayer also includes you Daniel 9:18b
He answered, “You didn’t ask.” listening to God. Luke 18:10–14
Numbers 9:8 James 4:6
I tried to come into God’s presence. 1 Samuel 3:9–10
I used all my keys at the lock. 1 Kings 19:11–12 Remind God of His promises
God gently and lovingly chided, when praying.
“Why, child, you didn’t knock.” Pray in faith. Genesis 32:6–12
Matthew 21:21–22 Nehemiah 1:4–11
I wanted to see joy and beauty, Mark 11:24
But the day toiled on, gray and
bleak. I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space;
I called on the Lord for the reason— but I can lay my telescope aside, go into my room and shut the
He said, “You didn’t seek.” door, and while in earnest prayer I see more of Heaven and get
closer to God than I can when assisted by all the telescopes and
I woke up early this morning, material agencies on earth. —Isaac Newton
And paused before entering the
day. The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and
I had so much to accomplish hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job
That I had to take time to pray. each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that
other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other,
—Grace L. Naessens larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. —C.S. Lewis

Signs of the end
The future
foretold, part 2
By Michael Roy and Scott MacGregor

When Jesus’ disciples asked Climate Change, warns: “Forests A 1983 medical textbook
Him what would be the sign of will die, diseases like malaria will declared infectious diseases “more
His return and the end of the spread, and starving refugees will easily prevented and more easily
world as we know it, He answered wander across borders as weather cured” than any other major
by revealing not one sign but becomes more extreme.3 The group of disorders,6 but doctors
many, including the four covered impacts of global warming are now warn that the current
in this second of five installments such that I have no hesitation in emergence of drug-resistant
of The Future Foretold. describing it as a ‘weapon of mass bacteria strains could prove to be
destruction.’”4 more deadly than AIDS.
“Mommy, I’m Hungry!” World population has more Viral killers like AIDS and
“And there will be famines...”1 than doubled in the last 50 years Ebola are also occurring more fre-
Extreme poverty remains a and is expected to reach 8.5 quently than ever, and the threat
daily reality for more than 1 billion by the year 2030. As the from influenza might be the most
billion people who subsist on less number of people increases, per dangerous of all. The influenza
than US$1 a day. Hunger and capita availability of water and virus has developed the ability
malnutrition are almost equally arable land decreases. The control to circumvent the human body’s
pervasive: More than 800 million of water resources is predicted to main defense against the disease,
people have too little to eat to become a major cause of armed raising the prospect of a deadly
meet their daily energy needs.2 conflict in the future.5 new global outbreak, scientists
All of this is compounded by a have discovered.
profound climate change that is A Plagued Planet The biggest threat comes from
affecting every part of the world, “And there will be pestilences...” strains created when one form of
or soon will. Sir John Houghton, The severity and frequency the virus jumps from an animal
a British climate expert and with which “pestilences” species to a human already in-
co-chair of the Scientific (epidemics of highly infectious fected with a more common type
Assessment Working Group of diseases) now strike is also of flu. Inside the human host, the
the Intergovernmental Panel on alarming. two viruses combine to create a

Matthew 24:7
The Millennium Development Goals 2005 Report FAO.
Maggie Fox, “Global Warming Means Third-World Hardship,” Reuters, 15 Feb 1996.
John Houghton, “Global warming is now a weapon of mass destruction” The Guardian, 28 Jul 2003.
“Water Wars: Climate change may spark conflict,” The Independent, 9 Apr 2007.
“The Infection Comeback,” U.S. News & World Report, 29 Jan 1996.
The Bible’s book of Revelation
mentions five times that massive
quakes will occur in the Last

Our Violent World

“As the days of Noah were, so
also will the coming of the Son of
Man be.”11
brand-new strain to which no one The Big Shake-up Another condition that Jesus
on the planet has any prior immu- “And there will be earthquakes, indicated would be evident imme-
nity. Scientists now think this is in various places...” diately prior to His return would
what happened during the “Span- A 1995 top-level meeting be pervasive violence.
ish flu” pandemic of 1918 and of geologists and seismologists How were things in “the days
1919, which killed an estimated warned that the rise of big cities of Noah?” The book of Genesis
50 million people worldwide. along seismic fault lines will cause tells us “the earth was corrupt
Pandemics come in cycles and unprecedented catastrophes in before God, and was filled with
we’re overdue for one.7 “New dis- the near future. “It’s virtually violence.”12
eases are emerging at the histori- certain there will be catastrophes Political violence is the term
cally unprecedented rate of one in the coming decades, the currently being used to describe
per year,” the WHO’s director- likes of which we have never the violence perpetrated by gov-
general, Dr. Margaret Chan, said seen,” Roger Bilham told an ernments on their own or con-
in an introduction to the 2007 International Union of Geodesy quered people, or violence com-
World Health Report. “It would and Geophysics meeting. “Fatality mitted by political and ideological
be extremely naïve and compla- counts exceeding one million are groups. In the 20th century it is
cent to assume that there will not not an unreasonable projection estimated that around 110 million
be another disease like AIDS, given that 50 percent of an urban people died as a result of wars,
another Ebola, or another SARS, population can be lost in a single whereas over 170 million were
sooner or later,” the report said. earthquake.”9 killed in political violence during
Considering today’s The energy released in the 2004 the same period.13 1
high volume of high-speed Asian tsunami was equivalent to
international travel, an outbreak the explosion of 475,000 kilotons (Continued in the next
of a deadly disease in any part of TNT, or 23,000 Hiroshima- issue of A ctivated . Excerpted
of the world is only a few hours sized atomic bombs. At least from the booklet T he Future
away from becoming a dire threat 226,000 were killed and over Foretold . 3rd ed. Aurora
elsewhere.8 500,000 were injured.10 Production AG, 2008.)

“Medical Pros Fear Flu Pandemic,” Daily News, 3 Oct 2004.
“Diseases spreading faster with travel,” AP, 23 Aug 2007.
“Deaths in quakes expected to rise as cities grow,” Reuters, Boulder, Colorado, 3 Jul 1995.
“Facts and Figures: Asian Tsunami Disaster,” New Scientist, 20 Jan 2005.
Matthew 24:37
Genesis 6:11
R. J. Rummel, Death by Government (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1994.)

How faith
If faith no larger than a mustard seed can move a
mountain,1 you figure that your faith must be small
indeed, because your prayers seem to go unanswered.
That can be disheartening, I know, but it shouldn’t stop
you from asking Me for a miracle when you need one.
There are a couple of things you should know about
faith: First, it’s not something you can earn or muster up
yourself, but it’s a gift from your heavenly Father. Second,
like a muscle, faith needs nourishment and exercise to
grow. That spiritual nourishment comes from reading
and absorbing God’s Word. You exercise your faith by
acting on it. So nourish and put your faith to work daily
through your prayers and actions.
You don’t have to wait till you feel you have strong
faith to begin receiving My help, though. If you need
results now but feel you don’t have enough faith to
warrant them, ask Me to increase your faith. Be like the
man in the Bible who begged Me to heal his son who
could not hear or speak.2 The man had every reason to
doubt that things could ever be different, and he did.
He knew that his faith was weak, so when I asked him
if he believed I could heal his son, he replied, “Lord, I
believe. Help my unbelief.” The moment he confessed his
inadequacy and asked for My help, he received both faith
and the miracle—his son was instantly healed!

Matthew 17:20
Mark 9:17–27