Numerous outposts in South Viet Nam are manned by only a few soldiers. These posts are surrounded by the enemy, and the soldiers live in constant danger.

Although these men are isolated, nevertheless they have a vital link with their command post: two-way radio sets. Through this communication setup they can pass on intelligence and call for reinforcements or for air strikes.

Like soldiers at an outpost, surrounded by the enemy and in constant danger, so Christians find themselves in enemy territory and subject to attack. For this situation God has provided the means and blessing of two-way communication—that is, prayer.

Immediately after Christ told his disciples about how certain, sudden, and final his return to the world would be, he turned to the subject of prayer—the importance of importunity and the spirit in which we should pray.

Our neglect of this privilege is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Through prayer we communicate with God, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Often, even as we pray he speaks to our hearts. Prayer is as necessary for spiritual life as breathing is for physical life. When we pray, God in his infinite wisdom and love releases his power for our good and his glory.

The analogy between soldiers at an outpost and Christians is a valid one. The Apostle Paul graphically says, “Our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil” (Eph. 6:12, Phillips).

But to the believer God gives this comforting word, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my ...

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