This month, as you read about the
crucial role of prayer in the Christian life,
I want to begin by encouraging you with
some of the ways the Lord has been an-
swering your prayers for Leading The Way.
This year, we have witnessed firsthand
what my father calls the 50/20 vision—
when God takes what was meant for evil
and uses it for good (see Genesis 50:20).
In the midst of unprecedented global
challenges, God has been faithfully at
work. I want to share a few of these
testimonies with you.
This year, the brutality of ISIS has
opened the door for many conversations
with our Muslim audiences. Many viewers
of our 24/7 satellite television channel
have called to express their doubts about
the Islamic religion. Several have even
come to faith in Christ as a result of these
programs and the personal discipleship of
our on-the-ground teams. Not only that,
but through your partnership, we have also
been able to help thousands of persecuted
Christians caught up in the greatest
refugee crisis in history as they flee this
radical Islamic group.
Another testimony of God’s timing
comes from Nepal. The day before
earthquakes disabled the region,
Leading The Way partners distributed our
solar-powered Navigator devices there.
I can only imagine the comfort these
people received as they listened to the
Bible in their own language after such a
Lastly, God is using Leading The Way
to grow the underground church in closed
countries. Through our broadcasts and
personal follow-up, God is transforming
Muslims into passionate evangelists for
Christ at risk of great persecution in the
Middle East and North Africa.
Beginning this month, we are airing a
special program—Hope in the Midst of
Chaos—on TV, radio and LTW.org. I
want to personally invite you to watch this
special broadcast to see how God is moving
as a result of your prayers and partnership
with Leading The Way (see pages 19-20 for
air dates and details). I hope you’ll join us.
Executive Vice President
Leading The Way
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Hope in the Midst of Chaos
More than 30 years ago,
I was praying for some-
thing that the Holy Spirit
had burdened me to pray
for. But I wasn’t getting
answers. I began to go to
the Lord and ask Him to teach me what His Word
says about the things that hinder answers to prayer.
Most often, it seemed that God was teaching me to
wait on His timing.
I believe many Christians struggle needlessly in
their prayer lives. Out of frustration, they pray the
same thing in different ways, hoping to find the
perfect formula for getting the results they want from
God. But I believe the problem of unanswered prayer
is, in many cases, simply a matter of loose connections.
In this month’s journal, What Hinders Answers to
Your Prayer, I’m going to share different obstacles
that could be creating a loose connection in your
walk with the Lord. I want to emphasize “could
be” because prayer is not a formula; prayer is about
knowing and submitting to Almighty God. And He is
less concerned with giving us what we want and more
concerned with our hearts being right with Him.
The next time you find that your prayers are
going unanswered, consider it God’s invitation to
draw near to Him in the midst of your confusion or
disappointment. Consider that God may be inviting
you to examine your own heart—or simply to wait on
Him and trust in His timing.
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
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As We Hope
in the Messiah
my journal |
The writers of the Psalms predicted
with accuracy the coming of the Lord
Jesus. Now that our Savior has come,
what do the prophecies about Him
mean for us today? How can we relate
to these psalmists who spoke of Jesus
1,000 years before His birth when we
are living 2,000 years after?
The psalmists were people just like
us. They had warring emotions. On
the one hand, courage when facing
the enemies of God; on the other,
utter despair before God. On the
one hand, exuberant confidence in
the presence of God; on the other,
entreating cries to God to fulfill His
promises. Can you identify with that?
These Messianic psalms show us how
to look to God for answers.
The psalmists remind us that, while
Christ has come, there is yet a more
glorious day—when He comes again.
They encourage us to remember
the past, prepare in the present, and
joyfully anticipate our future.
In Psalm 27, David’s fear turns to
courage as he remembers the past. He
recalls how God forgave all his sins
and brought light into his darkness.
Because David had experienced the
faithfulness of God first-hand, he
knew deep down that God could
never reject him nor forsake him.
So he waited on the Lord, being
confident that God would come
through for him.
Like David, when we look back
in Scripture, we see God unfold
His faithful plan to bring peace
and salvation to us. Like David, we
remember. We remember that Jesus
saved us and is preparing a place for
us even now.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is
the bridegroom and the bride is His
church from every tribe, tongue, and
nation. As the bride of Christ, our
role is to prepare for the Lord’s return.
Psalm 47 says that the day is coming
when the name of the Lord will be
lifted high throughout all the earth.
Why? Because His faithful children
are obeying His commission. Because
faithful people are taking the Gospel
The psalmists remind us that, while Christ has come,
there is yet a more glorious day—when He comes again.
november 2015 |
message to the ends of the earth. What
should we do now as the people of
God? We are to live as willing servants
who allow Christ to reign over our
hearts, minds, and lives, and call others
to do the same as we prepare in the
present for our future glory in Christ.
Psalm 87 predicts that God’s
people will come to Him, to His
heavenly city, from every corner
of the globe. What a promise that
we can anticipate with joy and
thanksgiving! In Psalm 45:14-15,
the bride (us!) is “led in with joy and
gladness [to] the palace of the king.”
The psalmist admonishes us to look
forward to this future, seeing who
we are, who we will be, and where we
will be for eternity.
So let us remember what Christ has
done for us. Let us joyfully anticipate
and prepare for His return. And let
us pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Prepare your heart for the Christmas season
and for Christ’s coming reign with our advent
devotional booklet, featuring devotionals from
Dr. Michael Youssef’s upcoming series, Jesus
The Only. Look into the words of the prophet
Isaiah about our Messiah and find out what
they mean for you today.
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my journal |
Do you ever wonder why answers to prayer tarry? Is it
that God is teaching us to wait? Are we not correctly
hearing the voice of God? Is God trying to deal with
something in our lives?
Of this we can be certain: “This is the confidence
we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that
he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have
what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). When we
pray in alignment with the will of God, we know that
He hears us and that His will cannot be thwarted.
But what about when our prayers—even prayers
for things that would bring God tremendous glory—
seem to go unanswered? First, we have to remember
that “no” is an answer. God will sometimes choose
not to allow something that would bring Him
glory in order that something else might bring Him
Still, what about those prayers that seem to receive
no answer? Could there be something hindering our
prayers? The Bible tells us there are several reasons
why our prayers might not make it past the ceiling,
but if we make ourselves aware of these potential
blind spots or loose connections, we can find ways to
keep the lines of communication open.
What Hinders Answers
to Your Prayer
Week 1: The Delicate Balanc