“The foxhole Prayer”
I have been told and have experienced for myself that there are no Atheist in a “foxhole”.
In battle, soldiers often find themselves taking refuge in the safety of holes that they have either dug for themselves or holes left by exploding ordinance that has left large holes in the ground. These holes provide some safety and provide the soldier with a means to stay below fire and offer some protection from incoming fire from the enemy.
But while in these “foxholes” the soldier finds he venerable and looking for a means to get out of the hole in to a safer location. Being caught in a foxhole is no place a soldier normally likes to find himself.
With bullets flying and bombs exploding all around, even the soldier who has never set foot inside a church, never cracked the cover of a bible finds he is praying to a God who he has never served to get him out of the situation and deliver him from the impending doom that seems to be lurking all around.
Once delivered from the situation and back to the security of a more secure environment, that same soldier who was crying out to God now finds himself with no need of God and soon forgets who it was who answered that prayer when the soldier cried out for help.
Some people also come to Christ in much the same manner. Then once they are delivered from the problem tend to forget all about Christ or at least put Christ back in their pocket until he is needed. They once again find themselves back in a “foxhole” of their own creation and immediately the little prayer they once said is again brought to the forefront. They once again seek the refuge of the pool they may have been dunked in and this feeling of eternal salvation without service or obedience is pulled out and their need of Gods grace without service or obedience is once again being called upon while they are pinned down in their foxhole.
However, this is not always the case. Some who have found themselves in their “foxhole” call upon the Lord and realize it was God and the grace of God, his love for us and what is found in the salvation of Jesus Christ that was what brought us through this. They realize that God is there and loves us.
I recently read an interview of just such a person. I would like to share this with you. If you are finding yourself in a foxhole or know someone who is, read this interview or show them this interview. I cannot help but to think that what happened to this person will be anything but inspiring and let them know that God has a better plan.
This person was on top of the world. Successful and perhaps some may even call famous. But he soon realized that there is someone else who is in control. In this interview, he makes reference to his own “foxhole” prayer.
This interview is inspiring and certainly someplace many of us have found ourselves.
I love it when people say to us, oh man that person or this person got “religion” or has become “religious”. I would much rather you read this interview and realize that this person did not become “religious” but rather has a personal relationship with our Lord.
Here is the link to the interview. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.
The writing of this sermon / article was personal to me. Our daughter Kristen is also fighting her own battle trying to be a mother to five children while her husband David (pictured below) fights a battle for us. I think we tend to forget the wives, mothers, children and families who have to wage their own war while their husbands, sons and fathers are away. Please, keep all of them in prayer.
These pictures are of and from my son-in-law, David Edger. David is currently deployed in Afganistan. We ask that you continue to pray not only for him, but all of our brave soldiers finding themselves away from their families and in harms way.