Tag: prayer

Yes, No, and…

By: G.J. Fortier

Does God answer your prayers?

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Is this verse a familiar one to you? I’m sure that it is if you’ve ever attended any IronMen Ministries event. Every Friday morning, we IronMen gather together in God’s name for breakfast, testimony, and fellowship, and we open with the verse above and the Pledge of Allegiance to our country.

We also pray.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5-8 (NIV)

On these occasions, our prayers tend, but are in no way limited, to focusing on big things. For example, we might pray for our leadership. Not only within the ministry, but for our local, state, and federal governments (who need these prayers very, very … very much at the minute). We might pray for events such as wars, famine, oppression, etc. around the world. We might even pray that God, in his infinite wisdom, uses all of these situations, and many more, for His purpose, and that He gives us the insight and acumen to accept what’s happening as just that, His will. But prayer is much, much more personal than that.

Being a Christian is all about accepting that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. That He accepted the punishment for the sins of all mankind, living in the past, now, or in the future, by dying on the cross, so that we all might attain the divine salvation and eternal life that He promised us. This can never be earned. It must be accepted as the gift from our Heavenly Father that it is.

But it’s not that simple.


Where is your Strength?

By: G.J. Fortier

“I said to the one standing before me, ‘I am overcome with anguish because of the vision my lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.’

Again, the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. ‘Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed’, he said, ‘Peace! Be strong now, be strong.’”

“When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.’” Daniel 10:16-19 (NIV)

Many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I was at a friend’s apartment playing Dungeons & Dragons—yes, I played D&D when I was younger … and may again considering the state of what’s considered “entertainment” that they’re pumping out over the airwaves these days—with a group of my friends when something very unusual occurred. There came a frantic knock on the door. Outside, the knocker screamed, “Call 911! Call 911! The apartment across the street


Current Events

By: G. J. Fortier

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;

“by his wounds you have been healed”.

For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls. 2 Peter 2:21-25 (NIV)

We are living in strange times. Would you agree?

I often wonder if the state of the world, and the United States in particular, is worse now than it was in the past. After all, we, the generations who are alive today, cannot be blamed for placing much more emphasis on what we are actually experiencing, as opposed to what we haven’t personally witnessed (on TV), but only read about in books or (more likely) watched on the History Channel. I’ve heard people say that “it’s definitely worse now”, or things have always been “this bad”, it’s just that we hear about more of “it” because of today’s technology, social media, etc. That’s a valid point. But these people have chosen a more cynical view of the happenings around the globe than I do.


Tom Kenyon speaking to the Ironmen (August 7, 2015)

Tom Kenyon

Lieutenant Tom Kenyon giving testimony of how God has been using him and his wife to minister to others thru the Salvation Army.

 


Tom Kenyon will be speaking this Friday morning at the Prayer Breakfast.

IronMen Ministries is excited to have Tom Kenyon from the Salvation Army – Warner Robins speaking this Friday, August 7th at 6:00 AM at the Prayer Breakfast.. Come hear Tom give testimony on what God is doing in his life and through the Salvation Army. You do not want to miss it. Invite a friend and we’ll see you on Friday!!!


Looking for IronMen

IronMen we need you back. We miss you. Our fellowship is void without you. God has a special word of hope and encouragement just for your ears to hear. Join us tomorrow as we gather to pray for this nation, this community, and those who God places in your path.