What do you do when you see a loved one headed straight for destruction? How do you handle a person who is under demonic influence and is totally blind to it? How do you stop the car from running that red light that they perceive as green?
In the natural, we yell and scream.
“Stop!!!!! Wait!!!! The light is red!!! Don’t go!!!!”
Screaming will definitely startle the person, but if that light is green to them, they’re going to keep going. So all you’ve managed to do is scare him. But you didn’t stop the wreck.
I’ve done a lot of screaming and yelling. And frankly, I’m tired. The energy that has been used to beat said person over the head; to try to explain what’s really going on; to let them know that God is after their heart has drained me.
Because I’m doing it in my own strength. But more importantly, I’m fighting a spiritual battle with my flesh. That’s an automatic failure. I’ve lost the fight before I ever opened my mouth.
The Lord reminded me that EVERYTHING is first spiritual. Meaning, before it manifests in the natural, it happens in the spirit. When the Lord taught the disciples how to pray, he said, “Thou will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
It already IS in heaven. But we must pray that His perfect will be done on earth. When we see a person act a certain way it’s because there are already things going on in the spirit realm. We’re seeing the effects of it.
I quote Ephesians 6:12 (For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places) but totally forget that this applies to ALL aspects of life. It’s not just the things that are magnified in the media. It pertains to our daily lives as well.
The devil prowls around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. His agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy. He is on his job in YOUR life all of the time. Ephesians 6:12-20 should be our way of life, daily!!!
I’m not going to lie. The thought of praying for someone, who at times, doesn’t seem to want what they say they want, is frustrating. As I was praying this morning, I became frustrated and said, “Lord, why am I doing this????” Something in my spirit said, “because this is Love. This is Kingdom.” I had an AHA moment. We ARE supposed to intercede for one another. We ARE supposed to be warring for others, whether they seem to be getting it right or not. I know for a fact that my pastors, my grandmother, and my parents have prayed for me when it seemed like I was never going to get it. In fact, Jesus is ever interceding for us. I mean, he DIED WHILE we were yet sinners. He didn’t wait to see if it looked like we were going to change our minds in certain areas.
This is huge for me! I now see the error in my own ways. I’ve been so busy trying to convince this person that they’re under demonic influence… that my way is right… that I haven’t dealt with myself in the situation. I have to take my mouth off of it, my emotions out of it, get my own control issue (yeah, it’s there) out of the way and PRAY. WAR.
It sucks. I get tired. I get discouraged. But the word of God never fails. And my hope must be in that. My hope is in the fact that the Lord loves this person more than I ever could. My hope is in the fact that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
So what situation has you agonizing in the flesh? What loved one has you frustrated and at a loss of words? Turn the frustration and energy over to the Lord. Take Him at His word and pray. Let’s fight the REAL enemy and watch the Lord work on our behalf.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord! – Psalm 27:13-14
1 Peter 5:8, Romans 8:26, Ephesians 6:12-20, Matthew 6:10, John 10:10, Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25, Romans 5:8, Psalm 27:13-14