He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go (Psalms 91:11).
In 1960, the Mau Mau uprising gripped Kenya in terror. During that time, missionaries Matt and Lora Higgens had to drive through the heart of Mau Mau territory on their way to Nairobi. They were well aware that both Kenyans and missionaries had met violent deaths at the hands of Mau Mau terrorists in that very area.
After dark, 17 miles from Nairobi, their Land Rover stalled. Matt tried in vain to repair the vehicle in the darkness. Fearfully, the couple locked themselves in the car and tried to sleep. Together, they prayed Psalm 4, verse 8, aloud: "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
When they awoke, Matt repaired the Rover, and they were soon in Nairobi. The following week, a local pastor told the missionaries what had happened while they slept. Three terrorists had crept up to their car, intending to kill them. But when the Mau Mau saw 16 men surrounding the Rover, they fled in fear!
Matt and Lora were thrilled -- and puzzled. "What 16 men?" they wondered.
Weeks later, back in America, the rest of the story came to light when a friend asked them, "Have you been in any danger lately?"
Matt told him about the Mau Mau, the stalled Rover, and the 16 men.
The friend nodded excitedly. "On March the 23rd," he said, "God burdened my heart for you. I called the men at our church, and 16 of us met together for emergency prayer on your behalf. I don't know, Matt. But maybe God sent 16 angels to see that our prayers were answered!"
No doubt Heaven will reveal endless accounts of how God has used intercessory prayer to protect His people and to advance His Kingdom.
If you ever sense a burden to pray for anyone, do not dismiss it as just something in your mind that you imagined. It may be the Holy Spirit's still, small voice prompting you to intercede for a person or situation, and maybe to call others to prayer.
That prompting may come while you are doing anything, at home, at work, or in your automobile. Whenever it comes, regardless of what you are doing, pray. It may be a matter of life and death to someone.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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