Monday, July 20, 2009

Empowered by Prayer: How to Help Bowe Bergdahl

Because captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl is a family friend, my dad was interviewed by our local NBC affiliate regarding Bowe's capture. A portion of Dad's interview is embedded below.

I'd like to focus on a specific point Dad made. He was asked if he felt powerless to do anything about Bowe's situation. He replied, "Prayer means that we are extremely powerful because God is not limited by where we are when we pray; He is there with Bowe. And so we know that He is protecting him and with him, and so we do not feel powerless against these people. We feel very empowered."

Dad is right. We don't have to sit on our hands, watching video clips and worrying. We are compelled to fall to our knees and implore our sovereign God to intervene, to keep Bowe safe, and to bring him home. "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much" (James 5:16).

Bowe's sister, also a strong believer in the power of prayer, has set up a prayer blog for Bowe. She says in the blog header, "Please leave a prayer; I would like my brother to look at this someday and be awed by the sheer numbers of people who prayed for him!"

Please visit her blog,, and where you could leave a comment, leave a prayer instead for Bowe and his family.

Embedded video from CNN Video