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Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. – John 14:11

A legend has it that one day, as Abraham Lincoln’s son was walking in a park near the White House, he saw a young soldier sitting on a bench crying. The man was greatly distressed, and the young Lincoln stopped to ask what was wrong.

Looking up through his tears, the soldier explained that his brother had been placed in jail for something he did not do. He had been told that the only person who could help was the president of the United States. The problem, of course, was that he couldn’t get a message to the president.

Lincoln’s son thought for a moment and then asked, “Mister, will you go with me?”

Even though the young man didn’t know the younger Lincoln’s identity, he agreed. The two walked across the street and through the White House gate. They passed the guards and Lincoln’s personal secretary. In fact, they didn’t stop walking until they crossed the threshold of Lincoln’s office, where his son finally spoke up and said, “Dad, this soldier needs to talk with you.” The president looked up from what he was doing and smiled. Then he listened as the solider explained his situation.

When you have the right relationship, you can go a lot further, a lot faster.

The same is true of our relationship with Jesus Christ. He is God’s Son, and He has direct access to His heavenly Father. We don’t have to spend time praying to others, hoping that we tapped into the right source. When you pray to Jesus, you have all the access you need. No one can prevent you from coming into His presence, and nothing can stop Him from answering your prayers.

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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