When God has a message to give us in a time of crisis, He’s been known to awaken those who are accustomed to listening, at some of the most inopportune moments. When obedience is our “default setting,” it shouldn’t surprise us when God makes a 2:00 a.m. wake up call. It happened to me. The Spirit whispered, “David, the only way your church is going to move forward is on its knees in prayer.” I fell back to sleep for a while longer, but the message was unmistakably clear. Forward on our knees became a prayer mandate for a church in crisis, but in the years since, I’ve come to see that prayer is the way forward.
In this book, you’ll discover tactics to engage when crisis comes. David F. Nixon will show you the way forward through crisis speaking from the hard knocks of a crisis that drove him to activate extraordinary prayer. When crisis has knocked you flat on your back, you are forced to look up. We listen. We learn. We bring ourselves into alignment with God’s Word. And soon we are on our feet again. The way up is down. At times it seems progress forward is measured in inches not yards.
“Every one of us is always in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis,” wrote Andy Andrews. Where does our strength come from? How long must we pray? And what if God doesn’t answer prayer? If God doesn’t show up, why pray at all? David explores the answer to these and many other questions. He shares what he’s discovered—the mysterious power of prayer. The reader is presented a choice: embrace it by faith or simply leave it alone.
About David Nixon
District Superintendent Emeritus for the Southern Florida District Church of the Nazarene. Prior to his nine years in Southern Florida, he served for ten years as District Superintendent of the Dallas District. He served 25 years as an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene, as a Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor of congregations in Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, and M. Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University. He currently resides in Columbia, SC with his wife Kaye.