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Power of United Prayer (2 of 5)
II Corinthians 1:8-11
In December 2000 Clarke Bynum was traveling with a group from his church on a mission trip to Africa. They left London to fly to Nairobi on flight 2069 with 379 people on board when a deranged man broke into the cockpit and started struggling with the pilot for the controls. The plane when into a steep dive, dropping 11,000 feet in a matter of minutes from 30,000 to 19,000 feet.
Bynum, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall and a former basket ball player for Clemson University, ran into the cockpit and wrestled the man to the ground. He had been sleeping but awoke when the plane went into the violent dive. He said, "I looked at a friend and said, 'We're gonna die,' " When he heard the banging and yelling in the cockpit he knew he had to do something.
He credits prayer for his bold action and said, "There were literally hundreds of people back home praying for us, knowing we were going on this mission trip. There was this strength that made me get up and go. It came from God."
Charles Spurgeon wrote, "It has pleased God to make prayer the abounding and rejoicing river through which most of our precious mercies flow to us."
Prayer is powerful because it unleashes the power of God to work on our behalf. Even more significant than our individual prayer are the prayers of fellow believers who join together to ask God to work out his will in our circumstances.
FEELING OF DISPAIR :8-9
Suffered Affliction :8
The life of the apostle Paul was in constant danger as he traveled throughout the Roman Empire to share the gospel of Christ.
The affliction they suffered in Asia took place on his second missionary journey in the city of Ephesus which was the main city in the province of Asia Acts 19:22).
Ephesus had the great temple to the goddess Artemis which people came to worship from all over the area. They also sold silver idols of the god Artemis wh ...
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