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    Quick Link -2002 Commentaries and News Releases============


    C O M M E N T A R Y!

    Saturday, March 30, 2002
    For Immediate Release:
    Sent via e-mail to our Commentary and News Release List™.
    For interviews or information contact Robert Colaco.
    By Robert Colaco, National Chairman of Citizens For A Better America ®
    with national headquarters in Van Nuys, California

    HAVE YOU BEEN LIED TO?™

    THE LIE:

    Christians can not affect America by our prayers.

    WRONG!

    For some weeks now I have been frustrated about the implication or the lack of understanding that some of our leaders, whether they are in the news media or government have been expressing.

    Over this last winter the news media has repeatedly commented on how unusually dry it has been in the northeastern section of the United States of America. This alone is not bad. It is their job to report news and this unusual dryness is news, but to ignore how this dryness has helped the recovery effort from September 11th and instead just see it as a hardship is unbalanced reporting. Then when those that are in the news media and government talk about how the lack of rain may be due to the unproved theory of global warming instead of asking if this dryness may be an answer to the prayers of grieving Americans across the country then I must speak out.

    Many polls have indicated that as high as ninety percent (90%) of Americans consider themselves to be Christians when asked. It is about those individuals I speak of here. Immediately after the tragic events of 9/11, overwhelming numbers of these Christians went to their Churches and met together with others for comfort and prayer. Those Christians also heeded President George W. Bush on Friday, September 14, 2001 when he encouraged Americans to pray during a National Day of Prayer following the cowardly attacks of 9/11. Those folks have seen their prayers answered in part by this unusually dry winter in New York City and Washington D.C., which has helped both the recovery effort and the reconstruction of the Pentagon.

    As for myself, prayer is an important and vital part of my Christian life. I found myself greatly burdened to pray for America the night and morning before the tragic event of 9/11. I make no claim to special spirituality I was traveling that night and enjoy praying as I drive, but I must say that I believe in God and His Holy Spirit and that He can lead you as you pray if you are willing to listen. That night I was listening and was greatly moved to pray for the protection of our nation. It would only be much later when I got the news about the attacks that I would understand why the Holy Spirit was burdening my own spirit to pray as I was.

    Since those tragic events of 9/11 I have had some very specific prayers, one of those prayers has been specifically about the weather around New York City and Washington, DC.. I have prayed that God would bless America with mild weather so that the recovery and clean up efforts at both the World Trade Center complex and the Pentagon would not be hampered. I have prayed that Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior would be gracious to those working in what has been described as the "largest crime scene," in America's history. I am completely confident that Jesus Christ does answer prayers and He has answered my prayers as well as those that I have agreed in prayer with regarding this matter.

    Does that mean I believe that if we as Christians pray that God has to do what we say as if He is some jinni? No, absolutely not. Then Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples about how they ought to pray, He responded to them by telling them the following as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13, (All quotes are from The New King James version of the Bible):

    9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your Name.
    10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."

    God is not a jinni giving us every prayer we ask no matter how selfish or misdirected. In fact in James 4:2-3 it says very sternly:

    2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask .
    3 you ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

    I completely believe that God can and does answer prayers. I would certainly encourage those that are in the government at every level in the United States of America as well as those who are in leadership positions in the News Media not to be surprised when the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob; the Father of Jesus Christ answers our prayers and the Northeastern part of the United States of America receives the lowest precipitation in history.

    If you would like more information about my decision to become a Christian you can see my letter "Easter is a very special time for me," located on our website at http://www.cfaba.org/cf06005.htm. And if you would like more information about my burden to pray the night and morning before the events of September 11th see our Christmas letter for 2001 also located at our website at http://www.cfaba.org/cf06006.htm.

    We must always remember what we pray for and be thankful when we see it answered. This mild winter in the northeast is just what I am talking about. Rather than complaining, we should be thankful for the mild weather that can only have helped the work both at Ground Zero and the Pentagon.

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