This week I have been working on my war room- a place where I can “call” to God.
Jeremiah 33:3 says:
“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.”
This verse is one that most Christians are familiar with. We use it in our churches as a call to action; a reminder from God himself of the importance of prayer. What is interesting about this verse is that “incomprehensible” in Hebrew is “betsuroth”, which can also mean “inaccessible”. In other words, those things that we do not have access to in the natural world- are made known to us in the supernatural world… when we pray. How awesome is that?
I remember reading “The Bondage Breaker” by Neil T. Anderson when I was 13 years old- a book I’d highly recommend, by the way. After reading it, I knelt down to pray. All of sudden, I heard myself say: “Lord, I don’t want the devil to attack me”. I was so surprised by this statement that I abruptly ended my prayer and went to sleep, all the while asking myself: “why did I say that?”.
In the middle of the night, I felt a malignant presence enter my room and I couldn’t move. I immediately started to rebuke in the name of Jesus. I knew that it was the devil attacking me. It was a revelation God had given me when I prayed in order to prepare me (although I did not understand until that moment).
When we pray we are waging war against Satan and his schemes- and he will fight back! Just ask the prophet Daniel:
Suddenly, a hand touched me and raised me to my hands and knees. He said to me, “Daniel, you are a man treasured by God. Understand the words that I’m saying to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.” After he said this to me, I stood trembling.“Don’t be afraid, Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God,your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Daniel’s prayers were being opposed in the spiritual realm by the enemy, but ultimately his prayers triumphed. Like Daniel, we must be faithful to God in prayer… come hell or high-water. Especially if we’re going to understand God’s purpose and wage war on its behalf. His purpose is to save souls. Once we understand this- once we’re convicted of this truth- even the way we pray for our enemies will change… because we’ll know who we’re really fighting against. Our war is not against flesh & blood, which is why now more than ever, we must “suit up” with the armor of God and fight and pray for God’s grace to overflow where sin abounds. It’s not easy, but God stands behind his church like a powerful giant! Remember:
we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.