A prayer of thanksgiving is definitely in order today. Need a reason? Check this out:
A small asteroid, designated 2009 DD45, passed the Earth at a distance of 46,000 miles, a near miss in terms of cosmic distances. Though asteroid 2009 DD45 was just about two hundred feet long, it might have impacted with the force of a nuclear blast.
Astronomers are comparing asteroid 2009 DD45 to the rock that caused the Tunguska impact of 1908. The 1908 impact occurred in Siberia near the Tunguska River and destroyed the taiga forest at a distance of twenty five kilometers around the epicenter. The Tunguska impact, which Asteroid 2009 DD45 Misses Earth was technically an air burst explosion rather than a ground collision, had the force of a multi-megaton nuclear blast. Had asteroid 2009 DD45 hit a populated area, such as a large city, it would have laid it waste. Had asteroid 2009 DD45 hit the ocean it would have caused a tsunami that would have devastated coastlines.
Astronomers suggest that asteroid 2009 DD45 is now in a solar orbit that intersects the Earth’s orbit. That means that asteroid 2009 DD45 will be visiting the vicinity of Earth again.
The near miss of 2009 DD45, which was detected just two or so days before it passed the Earth, illustrates the continuing danger that the Earth faces due to asteroid impacts. Asteroid 2009 DD45 suggests that not only greater efforts should be made to detect and track such asteroids before they become a threat, but strategies should be put into place to divert them should they be found to be on a collision course.
Each week a call is sent out to the passengers on the LiFeTrain for corporate prayer at noon. Why you may ask?
This week I would ask that as you pause at noon please send timber up for the mother of a very special friend of mine. Her name is Ms. Ida Clemmons. She recently received news of cancer. So, as we know, with man nothing is possible, with GOD, all things are possible. We claim healing in Jesus name. Amen
Question: “Is corporate prayer important? Is corporate prayer more powerful than an individual praying alone?”
Answer: Corporate prayer is an important part of the life of the church, along with worship, sound doctrine, communion, and fellowship. The early church met regularly to learn the doctrine of the apostles, break bread and pray together (Acts 2:42), beginning immediately after Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 1:14) and continuing to this day. When we pray together with other believers, the effects can be very positive. Corporate prayer edifies and unifies us as we share our common faith. The same Holy Spirit that dwells within each believer causes our hearts to rejoice as we hear praises to our Lord and Savior, knitting us together in a unique bond of fellowship found nowhere else in life.
To those who may be alone and struggling with life’s burdens, hearing others lift them up to the throne of grace can be a great encouragement. It also builds in us love and concern for others as we intercede for them. Corporate prayer also teaches younger believers how to pray and brings them into the intimate fellowship of the body of Christ. At the same time, corporate prayer will only be a reflection of the hearts of the individuals who participate. We are to come to God in humility (James 4:10), truth (Psalm 145:18), and obedience (1 John 3:21-22), with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6) and confidence (Hebrews 4:16). Sadly, corporate prayer can also become a platform for those whose words are directed, not to God, but to their hearers. Jesus warned against such behavior in Matthew 6:5-8 where he exhorts us not to be showy, long-winded, or hypocritical in our prayers, but to pray secretly in our own rooms in order to avoid such temptation.
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