A Meditation This Morning

I was listening to a clip Jan Markell played by Mark Levin who so accurately described what’s going on in our world, in our country, in the government, in “the powers that be.” And as I listened and realized the depths of wickedness against us, against our God, against our government, against our society, my heart grew heavier and heavier as he made it so clear – what we’re up against. I actually felt sick.

I went to the Lord, and from him I remembered that we’re not up against human enemies, we’re up against human plants in society who so willingly carry out the will and plots of the “principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12

From pondering that for awhile, I grew in understanding just exactly what “the restrainer” is. I saw it so clearly.

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;
only he who now restrains will do so
until he is taken out of the way.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7

From there my mind went to the horrible thought of what this society will become when that restrainer is “taken out of the way.” Can you imagine it? The only thing resisting the forces of evil in our world is our voice – the voice of God-fearing people, the voice that restrains the evil from destroying all that is good.

But …the day will come when our voice and our work, the “restrainer” – – – will be removed. Imagine it. Imagine the goals of the lying, murderous, perverse force of evil – being given full sway with nothing to stop it.

That’s what it will be like when the restrainer is removed. What a picture of horror.

We cannot comprehend the depths of evil that will be unleashed in the world when we are gone.

As I prayed about it, I realized that the evil one also has a “restrainer,” forcing the restraint of our voices and our work. And as I thought on that, I understood that the only way we can function successfully …is through prayer.

Friends, this is a spiritual battle, not a battle against flesh and blood, but a battle against the one empowering them. He is a fallen angel, far superior to us in understanding. Our only weapon against him is prayer. The only way our work can function in the POWER needed is from spending time with God and receiving from HIM the power we need to work while we can. Because:

“…the night is coming when no one can work.”
John 9:4

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What Is A ‘Prayer Warrior?”

I POSTED THIS ON FACEBOOK THIS MORNING:

* * * I need to make a statement clarifying a false image of me that some have.

This morning, someone asked me to pray for a situation ….because I’m a “prayer warrior.”

I’m not. And I felt conviction letting the person think something of myself that I’m not. Which led me to investigate why I felt conviction.

Let me explain…

What is a “prayer warrior”? I’ve been mulling this over in my mind all morning.

Well, when you hear the word “warrior,” you have to think of an armed enemy that you go out against. I learn from the Old Testament stories that Israel was to go out armed against their enemies ONLY when the Lord told them to. That means if you tackle an enemy without God sending you, you will be defeated or painfully wounded in the battle.

Just yesterday my Bible reading happened to be the battle at Ai which Joshua took upon himself to wage, and Israel was soundly defeated. There was a reason for that. Joshua didn’t know that there was sin in the camp, and that fact led him and his army to a stinging defeat. But worse than that, he did not ask the Lord before going out. He was greatly emboldened by his previous victory at Jericho, so he just ran out against Ai. And he was soundly defeated.

I see two principles here:

1. If there’s sin in the camp, you risk a sound defeat and possible deep wounding.
2. Joshua didn’t wait on the Lord, he went out rashly. That brought devastation upon the Israeli army.

I think we need to pay strict attention before we rashly call ourselves, or allow ourselves to be called, “prayer warriors.” I pray. But I do not move against the enemy except in the rarest of instances when the Lord leads me to. Therefore, I do not call myself a prayer “warrior.”

Two people asked for prayer this morning and in both cases I prayed. I did NOT address or confront the enemy, because I’ve learned through very painful experiences, and I mean dangerously painful experiences, not EVER to do that unless the Lord himself leads me to.

So please do not call upon me as a “prayer warrior,” because I’m not. I pray, I intercede, but I do not confront the enemy.