The Word of God and Prayer


At the time of the Jesus Movement, there was a black hole where any authority once existed. The younger generations had pretty much thrown off all traditional authority be it parents, church, school, law enforcement, military, and government. The ‘60s had been a decade of setting oneself free from all domination. But after rebelling against all power and authority, there began a period of drift with no one to trust. So when the Jesus people came along with their Bibles, there was something to fill the void. This would explain a very literal interpretation of the Bible that was common in those days. It would also explain the rise of cults and communes. This, after all, was the generation that gave us the Jonestown disaster. With a need for authority in their lives, people would follow a powerful personality anywhere — even to their death.

Similarly, people in their twenties and thirties today have largely thrown off the older generations for some of the same reasons. That’s why the “Jesus Movement” musicians and influencers are bringing the discussion forward for these people who are currently undergoing the same societal stresses and asking many of the same questions.

In a positive sense, the Jesus people were a generation that wholly embraced the scriptures. The popularity of more friendly translations like the New American Standard made the Scriptures more accessible. Everyone carried a Bible. Many personalized their Bibles with hand-tooled leather covers (mine had snaps), and they wrote all over the pages. Everyone was in a Bible study. And whatever the Bible said, we were supposed to do. If we bring anything forward in regard to the scriptures, it should be this.

Not that we disregard scholarship. Literal interpretation of scripture is often distorted because there is no thought given to the original languages, the cultural influences, or the context of a certain passage or verse. Indeed there were programs set up during the Jesus Movement to train new believers how to properly discern what was in the scriptures. Marti was is such a program in Los Angeles as I was in one in the San Francisco area and we both learned to use the same tools in biblical interpretation.

A common practice was to act immediately on what was taught in the scriptures. So if the scriptures taught us to pray, you would stop what you were doing right then and pray. Prayer was participating with God and, therefore, was seen as a powerful spiritual weapon that was believed to cancel the plans of the enemy. 

Bringing forward that power of prayer, should be the hallmark of any ministry today. It is certainly a truism for us that without the Prayer Ministry, the Catch Ministry and its community would not exist. We believe as we did back in the day that God is present with us every moment, and why our Prayer Warriors provide an interactive covering for the entire Catch Ministry, its endeavors and community citizens with specific requests always welcomed.     

As I write, it is my prayer that you see God’s power at work in your life right now!

Confidential requests for prayer can be made at;, and within this email.

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1 Response to The Word of God and Prayer

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Dear Pastor John I’ll ask this yet again please pretty plz consider Goggling how to post an audio file of you reading the Day’s Catch. You’ve had posted people You Tube video’s, yet…

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