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“The Army of Jesus Christ is the only army that marches on its knees!”
As we continue to witness chaos unfolding in our world today – and the evil agendas that want to kill, steal and destroy – it is tempting to have fleshly, human reactions by:
- Being immobilized by fear or confusion
- Caving in to judgement and criticism of those with whom we disagree
- Using violence or destruction to have our message heard
- Allowing ourselves to become comfortably numb and withdrawing from reality
- Spending our spare time tracking the latest “news” from biased sources, while sometimes missing the bigger spiritual picture
When Jesus taught us to pray, he said, “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13). I do not want to fall prey to the temptation to have fleshly, human reactions to circumstances around me. Instead, I want to be led by the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s Word in my responses and in my actions!
Here is what the Spirit of God says:
- “…On this rock [the confession and person of Jesus] I will build My church and the gates [power, strategies] of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
- “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places [spiritual realm]” (Eph. 6:12).
- “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal [of the flesh] but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2Cor. 10:3,4).
Every Christ-follower has very serious choices to make during this crucial time in human history. Do we retreat? Or … in spite of all that hell has stirred up in the systems, ideologies and lusts of broken, sinful humanity to intimidate us – Do we advance?
I believe with all my heart that Jesus would have us advance with boldness!! [Read Acts 4:13-31 for the response of the early Church.]
But how do we advance? Where do we start?
Regardless of the challenges, the first step is always to address matters in the spiritual realm. This realm is where everything begins, and where every issue is ultimately decided.
As a follower of Christ – and as a person of spiritual influence in the Body of Christ – you have a prime responsibility and privilege to lead the way and be a prayer warrior!
So we begin with the crucial work of persistent, continual and intense prayer and spiritual warfare against what hell, and its demons and powers, are vomiting forth:
- Lust for power/control
- Evil agendas meant to destroy
- Confusion and lies
Let us follow these principles as we pray:
- Take time to fast and intercede – both alone and with others. Ask the Lord for spiritual prayer strategies that align with His Kingdom will and purpose in this hour. He has given us His authority to both “bind up and loose” things in the spiritual realm (Matt 16:19). In the original language, this means “to forbid by an indisputable authority and to permit by an indisputable authority.” We can either forbid or permit situations, by enforcing in prayer Christ’s unmatched authority. Wow, and AMEN!
- Call for a solemn or sacred assembly (see Joel 1:13,14; 2:12-15). Join with others to seek the Lord and cry out for His mercy on all of humanity, to keep them from the grip and strategies of Satan in this time. Pray for blinders to fall from their eyes, and for their ears to be opened to truth.
- Use the powerful, but sometimes ignored, spiritual weapon of forgiveness – a non-optional choice for any follower of Jesus (Matt 6:14,15; 18:21-35). Forgive those with differing political views, or who misuse political or other positions of authority; forgive those acting out in rage and destruction in the streets; forgive those in our own homes and families, and extend that to neighbors, church members, other pastors and beyond. Then ask the Lord who else you need to forgive – and do it! Forgiveness releases healing and restoration, which is so desperately needed today.
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