One Sunday morning at church, a man approached me and introduced himself. His name was Ray. After we had chatted for a few minutes, Ray, who seemed like a very godly man, said the Lord had impressed him to ask me for help. He needed to borrow $32,500 for one week. He offered to give me a post-dated check, which I was to deposit at the specified time. Wanting to help a brother in need and not taking time to pray about it, I agreed to help him.

The next day Ray accompanied me to the bank, where I secured a cashier’s check in the amount he needed. In turn, he handed me the post-dated check. Ray skipped town with our money and left me holding a worthless piece of paper. I was devastated! Jesus kept admonishing me to “forgive … forgive.” After several weeks of hearing the same message from above, I snapped, “Easy for You to say ‘forgive!’ He didn’t rip off Your $32,500! It was mine!”

“Easy for You to say ‘forgive!’ He didn’t rip off Your $32,500! It was mine!”

The moment I said this, I realized my ignorance. God had given His Son for me—and for that man. Everything I had was His. I fell on my knees in the bedroom and prayed, “I forgive Ray, Lord. Help him to make things right with You.” I felt strongly that because I had forgiven Ray, our nest egg would be returned. A scripture in Proverbs flooded my spirit: “Yet when he [the thief] is found, he must restore sevenfold” (Proverbs 6:31).

That night I wrote the word “Return” on a piece of paper. As I held it up before God, I felt impressed to write a book and call it The Return. Within 90 days, the book was a reality and in the next twelve months became a bestseller. The royalty from sales was exactly seven times what had been stolen from us! Forgiveness opened the door for a commanded blessing in my life.

The Jerusalem Prayer Team with Dr. Michael D. Evans exists to build Friends of Zion to guard defend and protect the Jewish people and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for peace in Jerusalem because the Scriptures tell us to in Psalm 122:6. The Jerusalem Prayer Team was inspired from the 100-year long prayer meeting for the restoration of Israel held in the ten Boom family home in Haarlem, Holland. We are committed to encouraging others to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and God's Chosen People.

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