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As Christians, prayer is the cornerstone of our spiritual journey. One aspect that can bolster courage and determination in prayer is the theme “Take A Stand.” A prayerful attitude rooted in the truth of God’s Word can transform not only individuals but society as a whole. Prayer can serve as a means for Christians to boldly confront challenges and proclaim the truth of God’s Word.

The Truth of God’s Word as the Foundation of Prayer

Prayer is not merely a string of words spoken; it is a two-way dialogue and communication between us and the Creator. We discover truth and guidance in prayer, especially when prayer is accompanied by reading God’s Word—the Bible. The truth of God’s Word becomes a sturdy foundation for Christians to take a firm and resolute stance in their daily lives, even in the face of challenges.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9 NIV)

Taking a Stand through Intercessory Prayer

Show a compassionate heart for the city and souls through daily intercessory prayers. Intercessory prayer is directed toward the well-being of others, society, our nation, and even our government. It enables us to take a stand against injustice and other negative circumstances.

Through prayer, we can become agents of positive change in our surroundings. Seize the opportunity when listening to the news, whether through conversations or other media, to briefly lift the issues or topics we hear to God, so that His power and authority may be revealed for the people or city we are praying for.

“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
(Jeremiah 29:7 NIV)

Prayer as a Manifestation of Concern for Truth

A courageous Christian will exhibit deep concern for the truth of God’s Word. Through prayer, we can demonstrate our resolve to remain faithful to the values of truth and not be swayed by worldly pressures. A consistent prayerful attitude will mold a strong character that is not easily influenced by cultural currents that contradict His teachings. Always put on the full armor of God as a source of strength and spiritual weapons in the spiritual battle we are engaged in.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
(Ephesians 6:13-18 NIV)

Source: Ps. Dave Rustanto (Global Prayer Coordinator)

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