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The Power of Imagination and prayer
Monday, March 21, 2016 by Dr. Ron Susek

The Power of Imagination and Prayer
by Ron Susek
©Golden Quill Publications
 
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people . . .
1 Timothy 2:1
 
     Oswald Chambers said, "Imagination is the greatest gift God has given us and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him."Imagination is a powerful gift to use in prayer.
     Imagination was created for reality, not fantasy. For instance, President John F. Kennedy, disturbed that the Soviets beat the USA into space with Sputnik, said on May 25, 1961, ". . . I believe this nation should commit itself to achieve the goal before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."
     The President's words set off an explosion of "mental imaging" (i.e. imagination) by capable people to make this a reality. First, engineers imagined the project, then drafted it on paper, then built the spacecraft and, finally, shot it to the moon. Imagination did not create reality, but it discovered how to work within reality to overcome gravity and reach into space.
     The vision of our ministry is to equip one million Christians worldwide to bring one hundred million people to salvation by the pure and simple Gospel.
     Imagine that! Realism would say, "The vision is impossible!" True. But imagination does not allow "reality" to block its view. Imagination is the ability to see beyond the impossible, especially if the vision is from God.
     It is impossible to pray with heartfelt intercession for one hundred million strangers. Imagine, however, the prophetic scenes in scripture, scenes like Jesus handing His blood-bought kingdom to His Father, and scenes like the Great White Throne of Judgment. Imagining people actually facing these eternal ultimatums with irreversible consequences can stir us to impassioned prayer, even for people whom we have never met, people living in worlds we have never seen.
     During WWII, Reese Howells turned his college in Wales into a place of intercession. Imagining good soldiers lying in the hellish mire of fox holes with bullets zinging overhead, the college prayed earnestly for victory. Prior to D-Day, the faculty and students pled with God to go before the troops. Following the stunning invasion, "theDaily Telegraph reported that it was only that night the U-boats did not patrol the channel. The way we went over to Normandy was beyond imagination--4,000 ships and 11,000 planes--and they never met a single ship or plane of the enemy!"2
     The college was in Wales, not Normandy. The faculty and students could only be on the battlefield vicariously through the power of imagination, which helped them lift impassioned appeals to God. And they won the victory!
     Use your Imagination to make another's plight your own. As your prayers rise with heartfelt concern, you will be fulfilling God's Word to bear one another's burdens.
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron
 
1My Utmost for His Highest; Barbour Press February 11
 
2Reese Howells: Intercessor; Author Norman Grubb, CLC Publications, Fort Washington, PA 19034, Norman Grubb author; pg. 257.
 
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