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The most powerful weapon: prayer

To the editor:

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church he tries to expand the horizons of his readers — so that they might better understand the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace and come to appreciate the high goals God has for His church. 

In doing so he acknowledges the challenges associated with living a life for Christ, and he tells them to be prepared for battle — to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

He then tells them in chapter 6 — beginning is verse 13: “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (NASB).

And then finally, Paul speaks of the ultimate weapon - - in verse 18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

History records that on Aug. 6, 1945, after four long years of war and after years of research and development — President Harry S. Truman gave the order.  United States troops on board the B-29 Superfortress — Enola Gay — dropped the Atomic Bomb, codenamed “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima, Japan. 

One minute after being dropped, the bomb exploded into a fireball with a magnitude of which had never been seen before. That bomb — along with the one dropped on Nagasaki three days later — brought an end to years of death and destruction during the Second World War.

Sometimes in war, the situation calls for the most powerful weapon at our disposal. And typically that weapon is used as a last resort. But in this battle against the spiritual forces of evil — in this battle for the souls of men and women — in this battle to unite the universe together under God and His Son, Jesus Christ — the most powerful weapon at our disposal is prayer — and it should be our first impulse — rather than our last resort.

Thursday, May 1, has been designated as the National Day of Prayer. An event is scheduled at the Halifax County High School providing the opportunity for us to come together as a community to lift our voices to God on behalf of our nation. The event is free and all are invited.  

Doug Bowen, Minister

South Boston Church of Christ

South Boston


Shared concerns

To the editor:

I read with interest Jeanette Chaney’s letter to the editor published on March 12 and wish to thank her for raising concerns that I share, especially the part about Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

For many years I have felt that the IDA was taking more from our county than would ever be returned to us in benefits.  Moreover, I have for some time believed it would be wise for the county to hire an independent firm to audit the IDA, using a cost-benefit basis for analysis.  That way we could better decide if we should keep the IDA or just abolish it (my personal preference).  I suspect such an audit would show that the IDA has been far less beneficial to the great majority of the county’s residents than past reports released to the public by the IDA would have us believe.

I hope others also will write letters to the editor expressing their own perceptions of the IDA’s activities.  In addition, I urge local residents to contact the county administrator and county supervisors and tell them that an independent “cost-benefit” type of audit of the IDA needs to be completed as soon as possible.  

I believe we need to determine once and for all if the IDA is anything other than the “money pit” it so much resembles.


Robert R. Meeks 

South Boston