Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Prayer And The War Room

          I have heard it said that our battles are fought on our knees in prayer. I  believe that statement is altogether true and reliable. The Bible tells us to be ready in season and out. That tells me that I have to be prayed up, to be ready when the battle presents itself. Being prayed up means that you have spent enough time on your knees that you are prepared for immediate response. If we have time; like in the Old Testament when preparing for battle, the King would call for the prophet of God, to check if what the king was about to do was in the will of God. There is no such thing as to much biblical preparation.

          I have a war room, where I pray on my knees daily; first thing in the morning.  When I leave my war room, I am protected with the full armor of God. The Lord and I are ready for whatever the world throws at us on that day.

          When I am not near my war room, I still have the Holy Spirit who resides in my heart. He is there 24 hours a day 7 days a week three hundred sixty five and a quarter days per year. The Word of God tells me that once I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, He will NEVER leave me or forsake me. However, just like your car continually needs to be refilled with gasoline, your spirit needs to BE BEING FILLED with the strength and power of God. This, I have heard, is because we leak. This leaking is mostly caused by the cares of this world, and our failure to keep a check on the condition of our faith and prayer resources. That is a constant, continual need for being prayed up. That also means that you can't always get to your war room when additional prayer is needed. Because you are being indwelled by the Holy Spirit, you can be in prayer conversation, at any time, with Him.

          One of my favorite parts of the Bible is the story of Elisha's reassuring his servant about the Lord's help. The servant saw that the city was surrounded by the Syrian troops and horses. He turned to Elisha and said "what shall we do?". Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.  And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

          When Jesus was on the cross, according to scripture, he could have called down ten thousand angels to help him; however, what He came to do was not yet completed. As scripture tells us, Jesus was always prayed up. This is a wonderful example of what is meant by the Lord, when He said He would never leave us or forsake us. The Father never forsook Him and He will never forsake us. There are resources available from the Lord to help us through every adversity we may encounter. We do need to be prepared to receive His help. To be properly prepared to receive His help, it takes faith and being prayed up. Psalm 144:1-2 says:  Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me."[1]

[1] New International Version


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