PRAYER: The Power Behind a Peaceful Revolution

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Many see that dramatic event as the most symbolic victory for liberty in the 20th century. The peaceful dismantling of the wall was followed by the complete disintegration of the Soviet Union, resulting in the liberation of tens of millions of people and the birth of freedom in many Eastern European nations. Through those miraculous events the world was saved from the terrifying threat of thermonuclear holocaust. Many historians credit the demise of the Berlin Wall to a devastated Soviet economy, coupled with President Ronald Reagan’s call for Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down that wall!" But there is a virtually unknown story behind East Germany's liberation in 1989. I first learned of it several years ago when I was in Germany preparing for a Reformation Tour I was about to lead. In Leipzig, Germany, I visited a beautiful 16th century Lutheran cathedral and heard a lecture by the pastor, Rev. Christian Fuhrer. After the lecture, Pastor Fuhrer and I met privately and he told me about a remarkable prayer movement that began with a handful of people in his church in 1982, seven years before the wall came down.

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