I believe in God, up to a point. I am a Christian, until it gets difficult.  Does that make me a true believer?

Hold that thought.

Paul is among the greatest Christians that ever lived.  He was a great evangeliser. He wrote plenty of the New Testament books and his faith eclipsed (or seems to have surpassed) that of even the greatest apostles.

Recall how Paul started out. He was Saul, the greatest persecutor of Christians that ever lived. The Jews loved him, the Christians feared him. In comes Jesus Christ one fine day and a conversion takes place. Saul goes blind and when he gets his sight back, he is a new person baptised Paul.

Then God sends him right back into the fray, to the same public. What reception does he get?  He is now a betrayer of the Jews and the Christians are confused. He is a controversy.

With this background, I’d like you to read what Matthew says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.  (Matthew 5: 43-48 NKJV)

Think now of our present enemies – – Al Shabaab, ISIS, Boko Haram…. – -name them.  If we prayed with enough faith, enough love and enough urgency as we are told to do in the Gospel of Matthew, how many Pauls could we gain? How much suffering could we stop?

There is a Nigerian Bishop who was praying in front of a crucifix, and was asking Jesus how to end this Boko Haram madness. Jesus appeared to the Bishop and handed him a flaming sword. When he took it, the sword turned into a Rosary.  This was Christ’s answer.  Pray the Rosary until the madness ends and only by praying will the madness surely end.

This is what it means; to pray, to go counter culture, to follow Jesus Christ. Love my enemy. Pray for those who persecute me.

Is our faith as big as a mustard seed? Are we praying yet?  We need more Pauls. We need these very convicted young militants to burn up with love of Christ instead of blowing up with hate for Christians.  The power of prayer is in our hands. Start now and let’s not stop until they are all converted. Onwards Christian Soldiers!

Pray

Until

Something

Happens

This is the only way the church militant can help the church suffering here on earth.

Faithful, persistent prayer changes things.

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