I’m enjoying our time spent on prayer and fasting as a church each month during W.O.W. week. We’ve
got prayer meetings that are energized by the what the Holy Spirit is doing in us personally, a whole gathering devoted to worship and prayer (this week we have 2!) and a focused mission, that for a week we will push aside our flesh and depend upon Jesus to move in us through that.
Paul tell us in Ephesians-
13-18Be prepared. You’re up
against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you
can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but
the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace,
faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them.
You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable
weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.
Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes
open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops
I’m definitely "up against far more than [I] can handle on [my] own." I’m happy to utilize whatever weapons of destruction I can against the enemy of my soul and the souls of others. The past couple of day have been such hard days for me for a few reasons, those of which I’m not going to share. I felt so stressed and burnt out, and all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball, cry and go to bed. Thankfully God smacked me out that, but I could definitely sense the spiritual warfare surrounding me. There was a battle going on for my mind, my heart, my body and eventually even my soul.
By the end of the day, yesterday, I only actually cried a few tears 🙂 and I went to bed with confidence of victory in my life. When I woke up this morning I knew that the stress was still there and I thought, "Yep! It certainly is a Week of War!" There is no irony in that. But I am so glad that through praise and prayer my heart, my mind, my body and my soul are all still in guarded in His hands.
But, a week of war…yes, indeed.