A Call to Arms: A Call to Prayer
I awoke this morning with a strong sense of foreboding, like a dark cloud covering the sun. I sensed it was a warning of something coming. I prayed for God’s protection over this land that I love – my country – the United States of America.
Maybe, because the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is approaching, it’s only a shadow cast by mental pictures of the Twin Towers in NY City crashing to the ground – fire and smoke; fire engines, and rescue workers digging through debris – that has set off the alarms in my spirit. Maybe it’s the memory of death and destruction; of sorrow on tear-stained faces, pain and suffering; confusion and fear; bewilderment over what kind of human beings would do such a thing?
Or perhaps it’s our recent tryst with Irene and the twisted landscape that she left in her wake as she romanced us with the question of where she would bed-down before expending the passion of her wind and rain? The destruction she left behind as she moved on to Canada becomes more evident to us as network news presents vivid on-site pictures of more human suffering; thousands left homeless, with no money to rebuild, escaping only with what they could carry from their homes to the safety of shelters.
There is a dark cloud moving across our land; the bright sunshine following hurricane Irene lends to the delusion that all is well in Oz. But the wizard behind the curtain knows it is not.
We are threatened from all sides – both human threats from militants driven by an ideology of hatred and revenge and on-going acts of “nature” that seem to be un-relenting this year in the U.S. I don’t recall such a season of floods and heat-waves and earthquakes and hurricanes back-to-back in my tenure on this planet.
The question that haunts me is – where does this carnage come from? Is it judgment from God, or the death throes of the “prince of the powers of the air” as his end nears?
From whichever source, I have felt led to issue a call to arms: a call to prayer.
The effort to remove prayer and reliance on God from American public life is insanity. There is no government on earth that can afford us the kind of protection we need; no humanitarian efforts, no good will from fellow countrymen, no foreign assistance that can compare to God’s protection for America from the invisible menace.
For our enemy does not wear clothes or operate under “Roberts Rules of Order” – he hates both the God of love and life, and His creatures. This enemy takes no sides with nations, creeds or religious ideologies.
There is an enemy that hates – an entity who would end human freedom and make slaves of us all. It’s the one who drives militants and humanitarians alike to extreme measures; including intentional murder of the innocents and human attempts to purify and perfect the human race. This enemy is behind wars and all attempts for manipulation of human evolution apart from God – such as that which drove Hitler into Arian purification during the Nazi revolution.
How do we deal with such an enemy?
We cannot do anything against him without a return to the God who created the human race; the God who did not evolve or appear on the human landscape because we felt the need to worship and made Him up.
Such absurd ideas come from modern “evolved” man who knows nothing of spiritual truths because his “mind is blinded by god of this age”. (2 Cor. 4:4)
God tells us how to defeat this enemy whose purpose is to destroy God’s creation – the earth and all its inhabitants – and to take God’s place on the throne. We are called to arms against him.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of his dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
We are not to cower in fear, nor are we to sit around twiddling our thumbs, waiting for God to do something.
Ephesians 6:13 instructs us to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground”. The armor includes – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the readiness of the shoes of the Gospel of peace. Next we are to“take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Then we are instructed to “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
But it’s not enough to be armed with all that spiritual equipment.
Eph. 6:14 continues: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Most of the spiritual armor is defensive – but the sword of the Spirit and prayer are our offensive weapons of spiritual warfare.
I want to add one more weapon to our arsenal: worship. When we in worship of our Father God are reminded of His awesome power and His love for us, we will approach His throne with boldness to secure His grace – His delight in us. And we will have confidence that He both will hear and answer our prayers.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “For if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Our land needs healing. So, in these days of insecurity and doubt, disillusionment and despair, discouragement and hopelessness – are you willing to enter the battle against the real enemy?
This is a call to arms: a call to prayer. Will you answer that call?
©2011, Marcy Alves
- Equipped with Armor: Staying Grounded Through Spiritual Warfare (virtuouswoman73.wordpress.com)
- Expectant Prayer: Looking for Answers? (marcyda.wordpress.com)
- Battling Spiritually and Clashing with the Unseen part 9 Eph. 6:10-12 (stevemidkiff.wordpress.com)
- The Prayer Call (prayereverywhere.wordpress.com)
- Pray Until You Pray (pastorderick.wordpress.com)
Posted on September 1, 2011, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, God Encounters, Reflections and tagged 9/11, Christianity, God, heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, Hurricane Irene, Jesus, prayer, spiritual life, spiritual warfare, spiritual weapons, Twin Towers, United States, USA, weather. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.