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  • November 2015

  • 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 devastating event.

    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.

    In Christ,

    Joshua Youssef Executive Vice President Leading The Way

    For more information, contact us at: myjournal@ltw.org or Leading The Way | PO Box 20100 | Atlanta, GA 30325 USA | 1.877.251.8294

    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.

    In Christ,

    Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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    Identifying with the Psalmist As We Hope

    in the Messiah

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  • 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.

    Remember 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.

    Prepare 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.

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    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.

    Anticipate 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.

    TO ORDER THE JESUS THE ONLY BOOKLET, USE THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE OR CALL 1.877.251.8294 (US and Canada), 1300 133 589 (Australia), OR 0800 432 0419 (UK). OR ORDER ONLINE AT LTW.org.

    Do you want to grow in your knowleDge of who Christ is— past, present, anD future?

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  • 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 greater glory.

    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

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