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Amazing Granada

Granada at night

Granada is the most enchanting place. The Alhambra citadel complex with vast gardens and huge medieval structures graces this Southern city in Spain. It was here that I first met Europe. It was here also that God taught me about prayer.

As a penny-pinching missionary, I never thought I

Part of the Alhambra complex

could visit the Old Continent. By preaching for Bro. Gregorio Ponce, I got housing, transportation, and tour for free. There I saw Carlos V’s palace, a circular structure with an amazing echo when you’re in the exact middle.

There I learned once again how to pray. You see, I was worried. For some reason, I feared that

Part of the Alhambra complex

while I was cavorting in Spain, my church back in Guatemala would go to pot. So I prayed like crazy. When I got back to my church, it was better than ever. Not only had it not crumbled from within, it had blossomed in my absence.

So I didn’t need to be there in person because God was there in person. His Holy Spirit was tending the sheep in my absence. All I did was pray. Prayer is amazing stuff. You can accomplish much more with prayer than you can with your own strength.

Carlos V’s palace

I cherish the memories of Granada — the beauty of the city AND the beauty of prayer.

Don’t cry if you won’t fight

Muhammad XII surrendered the grandiose castle complex of La Alhambra in Granada, Spain, without much of a fight in 1491. Built on a hill on three sides, this last outpost of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula could have withstood siege indefinitely. But it is told that Ferdinand and Isabella sweetened a bloodless surrender offering untold riches to the sultan.

As he slowly left La Alhambra on his horse, Muhammad cried at thought of nearly 800 years of glorious Muslim reign in Spain coming to an end. His mother reproached him: “Don’t cry like a woman for that which you wouldn’t fight like a man.”

Christianity calls for us to fight. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers… — Eph. 6:12 KJV. We are not to sell out or otherwise surrender easily. If we have a price, the devil will buy us out.

Fight in such a way that you show you really intend to establish and maintain the glories of God’s kingdom.