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In our last issue we suggested that Glen Beck was right: “The decline in prayer and Bible reading in homes is probably more to blame” (for the America’s moral decline) than government intrusion. The “remedy” for that problem is simple: place a copy of The Picture Smart Bible in every home in America. “Impossible.” “Ridiculous.” “Ludicrous.” Dismissing the idea with that response is the easy way out and it does nothing to solve the problem.    We are not discounting all the incredible ways God is moving through massive prayer assemblies and evangelistic movements in the U.S. They are having a great impact. Jesus said, “Make disciples”, which means grounding in the word of God.

God has given us a “translation” of the Bible that is fun and effective and we believe that getting the Bible into every home is not a pipe dream, it is His expectation. It is definitely impossible... except for God. He loves to give us tasks which are well beyond our capabilities. The Bible is full of examples of men and women who faced monumental odds, yet through the direction and power of God, they triumphed victoriously. (Tips from Pastor Steve Dittmar)

Like us, King Jehoshaphat was facing an impossible (and life-threatening) task (2 Chronicles 20). Three huge, hostile nations had arrayed themselves against Israel. The king assessed the situation accurately, “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (v12). Jehoshaphat called his people into a prayer meeting and asked God, “Do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” Was Jehoshaphat suggesting that God had forgotten His awesome power? No. The reminder was for the sake of the people; their faith in God had to rise to a new level. And God responded (paraphrased), “Do not be afraid, I will take this one on by Myself.” As Judah moved out in worship, God caused all three of the opposing armies to kill each other. None of them remained alive.

Peter and John were also facing a formidable “army” and their lives were on the line (Acts 4). They had been told to never mention the name of Jesus in Jerusalem again. That of course, was unthinkable to the disciples and they too called the believers together to pray. Just like Jehoshaphat, they reminded God and themselves of how big He is. “Lord You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them.” They did not ask for protection, they asked for boldness. They asked God to stretch out His hand and show His power. God answered. Their prayer room began to shake, they were “all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word with boldness” (v31). The enemy was defeated and the church exploded with new converts.

God is “able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20-21). Highlight all the magnificent descriptions of God in your Bible and say them out loud. Remind Him and yourself of all the incredible things He has done and that He will do. Ask Him, “Is it too difficult for you to put The Picture Smart Bible in every home in America?” Pray hard and watch what God does.