On a Wing and a Prayer
I am often amused by the fact that many common sayings people use on a daily basis have origins that we are not even aware of. Did you know that “bite the bullet” – which we say to describe the courage we muster up to get through a difficult situation – came from a time before anesthetics when soldiers would bite a bullet to cope with surgery? Another popular expression that most of us have heard of, or maybe even said is, “on a wing and a prayer.” Historians have noted that this expression originated during World War II. It was heard in a film called Flying Tigers in 1942. One of the pilots in the military lost one wing of his airplane, so he was trying with all his might to land using only one wing and a prayer. I think many of us thought this saying was about the wing of a bird, not an airplane. And rightfully so, as we often see images of Jesus with outstretched arms and white doves floating about.
My friend, I know that as we approach the end of the two-year mark of the pandemic, many of us can relate to living life “on a wing and a prayer.” We’re all just having to “wing it” when it comes to living life these days. Think of God as your co-pilot as we navigate through the winds of change and know that this is all part of God’s divine plan. You are loved beyond measure, and you are an integral part of our Hour of Power family!
God Will Provide
As we glide into March, we continue to honor the symbolism and imagery of beautiful birds and how they are revered throughout the Bible. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” –Matthew 6:25-27.
As I read this verse, I am reminded that the good Lord will provide! Do not worry, because God is by your side and He hears your pleas and prayers. He is working mini miracles in your life that you may or may not even be aware of. You may not understand the breadth of them now, but in time, you will! In the above Scripture, Matthew reminds us that our Heavenly Father provides for everything in His Kingdom. In fact, did you know there are approximately 50 billion birds on Earth? That’s six times the number of humans! God has provided food and a habitat for all of these birds, just as He will provide for you.
Collectively, We Thrive
I think about the spry sparrow in this analogy as well. Sparrows are small and flutter about with a tendency to congregate and nest in groups. At first glance, sparrows are seemingly unimpressive, plain brown birds, but did you know there are at least 35 species of them in North America? Look closely and you’ll see each species has distinctive markings. We are all identified as “people,” but when we take a closer look and get to know each other, we each have unique characteristics. That’s when something special happens. Like the sparrow, we may not look like we have much to offer – but we most certainly do! In 1 Corinthians 12:27 it states: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” We each have certain traits and talents that we bring into this church community. Church is where many different people come together to worship for one cause, and that is to shine the light of the Holy Spirit for all to see! We have the opportunity to thrive together to become what God intended for the church to be.
Even if your troubles are not grandiose, He is attentive to your individual struggles. God cares where you’re at in your journey with Him.
My friend, collectively we make a difference and are doing so around the world. In this grand universe, we are small like the delicate sparrow, but together there is strength in numbers! I pray that God steadily surrounds you with His love in the coming months, and I pray you continue to become a beacon of hope to others.
God loves you and so do I!
Changing the World, One Person at a Time
God sees each and every one of us and is working mini-miracles in our lives on a daily basis. At Hour of Power, we are blessed beyond measure to be able to reach so many people around the globe through our televised ministry. Through our viewer testimonials, we hear inspirational and touching stories of how our ministry has made a difference in people’s lives. We’re continually inspired by your faith in the Lord’s plan and purpose, and your stories compel us to keep going strong!
Glory be to God that He has enabled us to help guide viewers out of the darkness and into the light of our Heavenly Father! These words of thanks we receive let us know that we are right where we need to be, spreading positive biblical messages for people to find meaning and purpose in. Our viewer Debbie writes:
“I so needed this service, and it did give me hope! We are in the middle of a winter storm and the ‘ole devil was trying to worry me about what might happen, but as Pastor Bayless said, God got me to turn on tonight’s recorded service and His presence filled my soul, and peace filled my heart. Of course my thanks be to God but thank each and every one of you for being there. Your Sister in Christ!”
We’re grateful for your willingness to humbly and faithfully build the Lord’s Kingdom with Hour of Power through your gifts so that viewers like Debbie can feel safe in a storm. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll join us this year as a SPARROW PARTNER so we can help millions more people connect and find peace and comfort in their lives.
Other Viewers Are Thankful….
“So often Pastor Bobby’s sermons are what I am dealing with at the time. I thank God for that. I really look forward to the service each week. God bless.”
– Jackie, Ohio
“My wife and I really feel like we are a part of your Hour of Power family! Thank you.”
“Thank you, my prayers are with the team at Hour of Power, your ministry has had a great impact on my family and friends in rural Zimbabwe, may your ministry continue to bring many to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Take care, keep strong.”
– Jeremy, Africa
If the Lord is tugging at your heart to support this ministry that you have grown to love, you can join our SPARROW PARTNER family!
For a monthly donation of just $20 or a one-time gift of $240, we’ll send you the specially designed and hand-painted SPARROW PLANTER in honor of our 2022 Sparrow Partners. It’s a great way to add greenery or your favorite flowers to any space. I hope this Sparrow Planter reminds you of the unique and irreplaceable gift YOU are to the Hour of Power family and the world!
BECAUSE OF YOU, GOD’S LOVE IS TRANSFORMING LIVES
by Hannah Schuller
Bobby and I are so incredibly grateful for how you stand with us and support this ministry.
Each and every day, we walk in confidence knowing that we are not alone — that our friends and ministry partners, like YOU — are as passionate as we are for people to hear about the love of Jesus; and how, through this ministry, that love is:
- Leading people to Christ
- Helping people overcome bad habits and addictions
- Equipping people to deal with relational struggles
- Showing people that there is absolutely NOTHING impossible with God!
What an amazing honor it is to be a part of what God is doing around the world with you. And we hope you know we are always thinking about you and praying for you.
Thanks again for standing with us and thank you in advance for your continued prayers and support in the days to come.
God loves you and so do we!
We’ve all heard of the expression, “leaving a legacy.” It evokes images of a positive and noble act for future generations to find meaning in. When you make the choice to “pay it forward” in the name of God, “leaving a legacy” takes on a whole new meaning! By investing a portion of your estate in growing the Kingdom of God, the things you worked hard to build in your lifetime continue to change people’s destinies long after your passing.
In fact, if you’re enjoying the ministry of Hour of Power today, it’s because faithful friends in generations past chose to bless us with a legacy gift. Through changing seasons, we’ve been empowered to carry on because members of our viewing family have honored us with a bequest. Knowing that, there are no words to convey how important these special offerings are as we embrace the future!
If God has been speaking to your heart to share the Gospel with future generations through an estate gift to Hour of Power, we encourage you to do the following:
Ask the Lord to
give you wisdom
call us at 714-971-4111 or
email us and let us guide you through the process.
May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness. We’re grateful for your life, your devotion to Jesus, and your dedication to the ongoing work of this ministry!