“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand, Stand firm then…”
I went to a prayer for the nation day at Ashford Baptist church followed by Thy Kingdom Come beacon event at Canterbury Cathedral. I returned home to news on the TV about the terror attacks on London Bridge and in Borough Market. A whole day praying for the nation only to hear of fatalities and lives made just that bit worse by the evil threatening to engulf our world. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on prayer because it just doesn’t seem to make any difference. We could feel defeated or hunker down and just hope the horrors of this world won’t affect us. Whether we like it or not, we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. It isn’t new; in fact it has been going on since the fall of humankind. How do we respond to this; how can anything we do make any difference? We are a new creation in Christ. We have the
authority of Jesus at our disposal if we would but use it. We are called to stand ‘put on the full
armour of God...so that we may be able to stand’. This armour is found in the word of God and in turning to God in prayer. We must arm ourselves by really knowing our Bibles so that we can respond. Psalm 133 begins with ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity’ We must come together in unity, humble ourselves and come before the Lord lifting up His mighty name so that He stands as Lord over this Kingdom. We do that by worshipping and praising His name and also by coming together in prayer. If we pray words of scripture, we are wielding a mighty sword against the powers and principalities that threaten to engulf us.
As I meditated on 2 Chronicles 7:14, I saw an image of praying people standing on a cliff and below is a valley where there is a raging battle between spiritual armies. Like Moses when he lifted his arms in the battle against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:11) when our prayers go up, the battle goes our way; when we neglect to pray or get distracted, God’s army loses ground. We must stand and lift up the Lord in praise and prayers. Our job is to stand! In the midst of 10 days of prayer across our nation headed by the Archbishop of Canterbury countless groups of people have been praying. It took 8 minutes for the Police to squash the terrorist attack. Only 8 minutes! I choose to believe that the tsunami of prayer that was sweeping our land allowed the spiritual armies to move and so many more lives were saved than were slaughtered that night. I choose to believe that our prayers made a difference and continue to make a difference. It worked in World War 2 when George VI called the nation to prayer and so it still works today. As a Christian we are signed up to the spiritual marines. We need to take our weapons and heed the battle cry.
Step into your authority and stand with me in the body of Christ to make a difference today.