Naeem Fazal is a Pakistani Muslim who converted to Christ. He was born and raised in Kuwait, growing up in a Muslim household. He was a teenager during the Gulf War and came to the United States in 1992. He serves as the pastor of Mosaic Church in Charlotte.
In response to the question, "How do we prevent another 9/11?", his answer was that the church must take a position of prayer. He illustrates his point by sharing verses from the book of Daniel, beginning in Chapter 10, where Daniel is concersing with an angelic being. He describes how Daniel comes to the realization that his prayers are an extraordinary part of God's plan.
"Prayer allows us to slay some things" including "inner demons and outer dragons," Fazal explained. Also, prayer can bring on a peace within oneself that surpasses understanding. Among other attributes of prayer, he said it "binds the enemy" and "puts up supernatural protection."
"Prayer is more than a conversation," he said. In Matthew 18, "Jesus is saying you have power by prayer to access and to control things you do not see."
Fazal concluded his message by saying that God can "supernaturally show up to a suicide bomber and say, 'You are not going to blow all these people up … Your plan was to kill thousands and thousands of people… no, no no.'"
It is the prayer of the church that has prevented thousands of more deaths that the terrorists had planned, he said. "What if we were to fully believe that?"
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Amen! I addressed the power of prayer earlier here. No one else can fulfill this critical function. As I said, "your prayers can truly impact what happens in creation. Surely this is also part of what it means to be made in the image of God. God does bring about remarkable changes in the world in response to prayer, as Scripture repeatedly teaches that He does. If we really believe this, the natural consequence is to pray much more. Someone who prays little probably does not really believe that prayer accomplishes much at all."
Prayer is the most powerful, fearsome weapon by far that is available to the church. In reality it is the nuclear arsenal against which the enemy cannot prevail. When properly used in faith, it unleashes divine forces beyond our imagination and comprehension.