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Standing in the Gap: The Power of Pathos,
Prayer, Proximity and Preparation

by Ravi Zacharias,
Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

BROADCAST TALKS presents ideas to cultivate Christ-like thinking and living. Each issue features a transcription of a talk presented at an event of The C. S. Lewis Institute. The following is adapted from a talk given by Dr. Ravi Zacharias at the C.S. Lewis Institute’s 14th Annual Partnership Banquet which took place on April 23, 2015 at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA.

he challenges that we face in our time are incredible. I’ve crisscrossed the globe now for four decades, and I’ve watched this world change – especially the West. We used to say the East is the east, the West is the west and the twain shall never meet. My goodness, have they ever met! And do we now have a changing world!

When I moved to Canada, I was twenty. I lived in Toronto for ten or eleven years, and had the Lord change my life and my studies. Today what I’m doing is nothing that I ever anticipated I’d be doing with my life. Just watching over the last twenty, thirty years, beginning from the sixties and the cultural revolution and all that was taking place, and the upheaval of our values. Chesterton used to say, “Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.” They don’t ask that anymore. They’re rewriting everything, removing fences, and we think we can do that with impunity.

Two Great Challenges

There are two great challenges that we face in our time: The first is the challenge of the Intellect. As we face that challenge, we seem to be hearing from the sciences and the philosophy departments how daunting it is now to actually believe in God. The Richard Dawkinses of this world have done their havoc and continue to challenge everything that is sacred, to a point of even mocking belief in God. Some of his statements are totally atrocious – when I think that an intellectual could have such disregard for the faith of billions of people, but so it is! This hubris, this rapacity, the idea that we can sound thoroughly intellectual because now, with the scientific single vision, we can pull down everything metaphysical.


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