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HOW TO SET “BRUSHFIRES” FOR FREEDOM

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Sometimes we have an erroneous concept of what it takes to create massive change in our nation. It’s easy to think the more people we have supporting a revival or a reformation, the better chance there is of success, but history does not bear out that theory. The idea of a small number of people making a big difference was brought home to me at a meeting I attended in 2001. I received an invitation to meet with a select group of “movers and shakers” on the issue of Western Sahara. The group’s mission is to force Morocco to forfeit one-third of its country to carve out the separate state of Western Sahara. I knew the group’s reputation for political success but was unaware of their Communist bent. I expected at least 200 people at the meeting. I assumed everyone present to be wealthy, because as everyone knows it takes massive amounts of money to finance a successful political movement. They would be politically connected because they successfully implemented worldwide boycotts, demonstrations, and international policy decisions. They would be members of the political elite of their European countries, mainly Sweden and Norway.

We met at a Greek restaurant in New York City. Once my eyes adjusted to the dark room, I was shocked to see a group of ten older gentlemen gathered around a table. It was a rag-tag group, most of whom were well into their sixties and beyond. Several were retired professors. How in the world were they able to upend Morocco and influence the United States to go against one of its closest allies in North Africa?

The secret, I found out, was their in-your-face, no compromise commitment to their cause. This group ate, slept, and drank Western Sahara. As a result, they had made some political friends in Europe and the United States. Their strategic political connections were carefully targeted individuals of influence whom they purposely befriended and converted to their side. Their long powerful reach was effective.

It doesn’t take a large number to make a big difference. Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a leader in the American Revolution, said, “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

One of the most significant examples we have is Jesus who, with twelve disciples, completely revolutionized the world, not just in His lifetime, but for two thousand plus years hence. We daily experience His transformational power in every aspect of our lives, politically and religiously.

It is possible for a small group of people to completely transform a nation or in many cases transform a cultural aspect of a country, like reversing our stand on abortion or changing the entire educational system of this nation. All it takes is that “irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

May we all become members of “an angry, tireless, minority” who will set “brushfires” and change history!

Here is how we can pray:

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)

 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. . . . After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:29 & 31)

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  (Heb 4:16)

About the Author: Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the US. Currently, Nancy serves as the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN) Lead Prayer Coordinator for the Mountain of Education. For additional information go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com/author/nancyahuff/

 

 

 

 

4 Replies to “HOW TO SET “BRUSHFIRES” FOR FREEDOM”

  1. Dearest Nancy, thank you for your commentary as I believe in the power of prayer. It is time for the churches of America regardless of size or denomination to occupy and stand the ground for which our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ mandated. I too, needed this reminder and exhortation to fight the good fight, and to lead our church here in Hawaii in corporate prayer.

  2. I read your article with interest as I truly believe it. However, my frustration is not with the Prayer warriors, which there are few dedicated to praying for the world’s poltical issues; but even fewer who are good people, patriots, veterans,’real christians’ who believe prayer is key to our success
    As we carry out our strategies. Also, in our town of 7000, churches have not committed to corporate prayer
    In any shape or form. Any progress is slow.

    1. Elijah felt like he was alone also but God told him that he had 1000 other prophets hidden from his sight. Gideon only had 300 men who were carefully chosen to accomplish what he was commissioned to do. I believe there are many groups like my own who pray each week for this nation. We pray according to the scriptures that He give us each week and pray as we are moved by the Holy Spirit. It’s powerful. So be encouraged…you are not alone and neither are we. As we remain faithful, our Awesome Lord has the last word and His will is being prayed forward. All we do is pray and BELIEVE.

  3. If a dedicated minority can bring change in terms of wordly policy
    how much more a dedicated minority laboring with the Almighty. Pray and obey and the Lord will use you for his purposes. Victories and His glory are two of His eternal purposes. If the Lord is for you, who can be against you? We must act like we believe it, after all He said it and he cannot lie.

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