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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
(RZIM)

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Fourth, I’ll just say this: There’s a process of preparation. We must pay our dues. This day is a day where you can’t set a tepid Christianity beside a scorching paganism. We need to be well armed, well instructed, well taught. Go all the way in your education, study! Those of you who are going to be CSLI Fellows, do it well. God may open further doors and further doors, so that all the credentials He gives to you would be like the apostle Paul who said, “I count all this but loss so that I can gain the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” But it is your passport to be heard by others: the process of preparation.

And then I say to you, he avoided the paralysis of pessimism. Don’t lose heart. The last chapter is not written yet.

Our story is not over yet. I see young men and women all over the United States; they’re going to make a difference. They will backpack around the world. They will carry that gospel in their heart. They are brave and they are bold, and they will carry that message. And that’s why people like you are being prepared out here.

But lastly I want to say to you, he brought peace for his people. He built the wall in a handful of days. You can go to Israel today and see portions of that wall still standing. You see, leadership had destroyed it – the untamed passions of a gifted man, Solomon; wonton power in a weak man, Rehoboam; the unteachable temperament of a privileged man, Jeroboam, who brought the nation down. Then came the Nehemiahs, the Ezras, and one by one by one they turned the hearts of the people back to God, till Daniel had come on the scene, and three kings in a row crossed over from their side to his. Don’t lose heart. God will one day bring peace for His people when we who are called by His name will humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways. He will heal or mend.

In 1939 the world was a mess, and England’s stuttering king, George VI, took to the microphone and spoke one of the era’s most powerful messages. The most memorable lines were these:

I said to the man at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may walk safely into the unknown.” And he said to me, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. It shall be to you better than the light and safer than the known.”

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