Join Poland in Prayer

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Last weekend millions–yes, millions–of Christians in Poland turned out to pray for the salvation of their country and of Europe (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/world/europe/poland-rosary-border-prayer.html). They prayed all long Poland’s 2,000-mile-long border, at some 4,000 “prayer zones” and over 300 churches.

The day was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, when a scraped-together Christian fleet–the Christian kings and queens were too busy fighting each other to answer the Pope’s call for help–utterly defeated a vastly superior Ottoman fleet and, in all probability, saved Europe from being conquered by Islam. The victims also freed, beyond hope but not beyond the reach of prayer, many thousands of Christian galley slaves.

Islam seeks our blood and secular humanism, our souls: either one would erase Christianity from the earth, if it could.

So for your Protestants who have a problem with Polish Christians being overwhelmingly Roman Catholic–wise up, O men of God! For most of my lifetime, the Church in Poland took everything the communists could throw at it; and the Church is still there, and communism isn’t. Could we do the same?

I pray that all the Christian world join with Poland in her prayers–every denomination, every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, as the old hymn puts it.

Because not only is the Lord our defense. He is the only defense that will win!

The Lord Is Our Defense

I couldn’t decide what I most wanted in a hymn this morning: to invoke the Lord’s might in our defense, or to proclaim His glory and His right to rule. So I’m going to do both.

King Alfred’s War Song says what needs to be declared: For the Lord is our defense–Jesu defend us! That will do for a prayer.