The thought of writing this blog post has fired up a blaze of righteous anger in my soul over the last few days. I have no idea if anyone will take me up on the offer, but that doesn't matter. I cannot hold back the fire of concern that's blazing in my soul for our kids. I want to pray for your family and children, regardless of their age.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of seeing the enemy seemingly getting away with emotionally tormenting our kids. So many of us parents are suffering in silence, and I'm sickened, and saddened, and maddened for every single one of us who are taking the hits. You would not believe the stories I'm hearing! And, for that matter, how awful the battle is nowadays. And I'm ready to fire back! Through prayer! With the power of the Holy Spirit and the righteousness of Christ who gives me and you every right.
It has fallen fresh on me lately concerning how much of an arsenal we have in the power and Person of the Holy Spirit. As we open our mouths, He who lives in us really will fill us, fuel us and as we pray He will unleash an unparalleled power of His accompanying presence to accomplish the miraculous through our prayers! The Word of God tells us in James, Chapter five, verse 16b: " The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." I'm ready for MUCH. Aren't you?
To be honest, I wouldn't even begin to call myself righteous because my sins are ever before me. BUT righteous is what the Lord has chosen to call every single one of His children. And who are we to question Him?
Listen, it's time we believe for ourselves that anyone (even us) who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior really does stand before the Father as righteous in Christ. It's our blood-bought right as the children of God, and we have ALL biblical authority to claim it! And, not only to claim it, but to do so with Holy Spirit emboldened confidence! We have got to stop believing biblical truth's like these are for others, but we keep resisting it for ourselves. Honestly, if I can be so bold to say so, it's nothing more than a spiritual refusal fueled by a heart of pride and false humility before the Lord. And, sadly, it keeps us unstable in all of our living and praying.
Now I know I'm hammering away at this. But the reason I cannot help but to regard this as important enough to hammer away at is because our stance in prayer directly connects to how we see ourselves before God. Truth is far too many parents feel beaten down and like they've been run over by a Mac Truck from the hurt and pure evilness of what has happened or what is happening to their children. We've got scores of parents who did the best they could. I know because I've talked to them. Shoot, I am one! Parents are too full of regrets to stand to their feet, to sound a warrior's cry, and to reroute the armies of heaven on our children's behalf. Sadly, many of us have allowed ourselves to dwell in a mental vacuum of replaying all of the would of's, should of's, and could of's. We've been far too full of self-blame to lift up our heads in prayer. Too downtrodden to throw these mountains before us down into the depths of the sea. And too broken to kick this evil darkness in the teeth, smashing every single one of the enemy's schemes.
What if today we said, "NO MORE?" What if today we stepped up and out and received what is ours? What if we stormed the gates of hell and stopped letting this evil prevail?
I want you to hear this from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 for some added encouragement:
3 We do live in the world, but we do not fight in the same way the world fights. 4 We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments 5 and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.
With this in mind, here's what I'd like to do. I'd like to pray for you and yours. Please know, you don't have to share any details of what's going on, God alone knows your situation. All I ask is that you'd give me the name of your family and your home state in the comment section. That's all. Nothing more.
For instance, it should look like this: The Head family, Texas
What I'd like to do is to print your names out and commit a portion of my prayer time to pray as the Spirit leads for your family, and to believe Him to work wonders of deliverance in your family. I'm a firm believer in praying for others what we most need for ourselves. And, I wholeheartedly believe God wants to MOVE on our behalf. He's just looking for us to arise from the oppressive state we've given ourselves to and to call upon His Name! By golly, I'm in. If you'd like to join me, I'd be devil-stomping blessed.
You're welcome to share this blog with whomever, or however you feel prompted to do so. It would fire me up to the moon and back to raise a mighty rally cry. Our families are worth that much and more. And God loves all of us more than we can imagine.