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Praying Through the Storm
So many of us along the Gulf Coast and eastern parts of the U.S. have been trained to carefully track hurricanes when it appears they may be headed our way. We watch with vigilance the reports that update us on the storm’s status. We take precautions to make sure that we, and our family, are adequately prepared to either ride out the storm or evacuate to a safer place.
What if we had this same awareness of, and willingness to prepare for, the storms in life that we can’t see with our eyes, but whose effects are felt in our heart or in the hearts of those we love? What if we adequately prepared our heart and our children’s hearts with TRUTH from God’s Word that would arm us against any lie the enemy could throw against us creating storms of every magnitude? What if we prepared in prayer and aggressively fought for the freedom of our loved ones? What if we even prayed through the storm until we saw them released from anything that may be holding them back from God’s best for them?
So much of the battle could be won and so much destruction could be avoided if we would simply fight every lie with it’s opposite in prayer. We can start with our own heart, and then from a place of victory, we can pray in faith for those we love. What if we fight in this way:
- Fight jealousy with prayers of thanksgiving and rejoicing over another person getting the blessing we prayed we’d receive.
- Fight doubt and unbelief with the choice to TRUST in Him in spite of the circumstance.
- Fight disappointment with declarations of hope in God’s Word.
- Fight hurt and woundedness with instant forgiveness.
- Fight fear with courage that is born out of trusting in God’s love.
- Fight greed and fear of lack with extravagant generosity.
- Fight temptation in every form by running straight into the heart of God believing that all of our needs will be met there in His timing.
This kind of spiritual war for our heart cannot be won passively. We must fight our own doubts until believing fully in God’s protection, provision, guidance, and fulfillment becomes our primary way of thinking. If we really want to see our loved ones and friends saved from the effects of the enemy’s lies, then we must sow in prayer as if we are fighting an army that we can see with our eyes. Because there IS an enemy out there who is bent on destruction. His lies wreak havoc in our hearts, and in the hearts around us, while we sit passively by and go about the busyness of our everyday lives.
What if one night spent in prayer could spare our loved ones from encountering an emotional flood as devastating as Hurricane Harvey? We’ve got to be aware of the storms threatening to affect our inner lives just as we are aware of storms threatening to affect our physical lives. Because the threat is real and people could lose all that they hold dear. And yet that is already happening around us in a spiritual sense. But when it’s not on our radar, many times we don’t feel compelled to press through and pray through the storm.
What if our determination to pray consistently could make the difference between peace or destruction (physically, mentally, emotionally or relationally)? Oh, if we could only see that when we pray in agreement with God’s word, then our prayers have the power to change our world . . . IF WE JUST DON’T LOSE HEART!
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV
Prayer unlocked the prison doors and allowed Peter to be released from his chains in Acts 12:5-7 NKJV:
“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.”
Prayer even stopped the sun when Joshua prayed during the battle with the Amorites in Joshua 10:12-13 NKJV:
“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
‘O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.’
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.”
What chains are threatening to bind up your heart or the hearts around you? What storms are on the horizon? Let’s be those who fight passivity and choose instead to offer up constant prayer in order to see chains fall off, captives go free, and destruction averted both in and around us. Let’s determine to pray until we see the promises of God fulfilled on THIS side of Heaven, not just when we get there.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15: 7-8