What if prayer impacted things way more than we typically think it does? What if prayer truly is our first line — not of defense — but offense in the spiritual battle? And if those things are true, how should pray differently?
That’s what this blog is all about!
This past November, Kellie, myself, and 4 others from our church attended something called a “Learning Community” in Ft. Wayne. This event was championed by a group called 3DM whose goal is to help churches like ours make “disciples” in the fullest sense of that word.
During one of the sessions a military analogy was shared. The pastor explained how the first step in a conventional war is never to send in the ground troops. If you went that route, it would be a bloodbath. Instead the first steps in a war are two things.
First… disrupt communication behind enemy lines.
Second… establish “air superiority.”
For example, The Gulf War back in 1991 began with a bombing campaign that lasted over 40 days. Over 88,000 bombs were dropped across Iraq. As a result, communication was crippled as was their military infrastructure. Once “air superiority” was established and utilized, then the ground troops were sent in.
The supernatural realm mirrors the natural realm in ways we can only imagine, where PRAYER is the mechanism that establishes “air superiority.”
So if we don’t pray, but simply go about our day and attempt to show God’s love to a hurting and broken world, we can expect to get supernaturally blasted and bombed.
Without prayer, our “flank” is exposed. Exposed for the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10).
And let me make that last paragraph more personal to you. So you understand what’s at stake. By saying your “flank” is exposed… what if your “flank” is your health… your spouse… your kids… your parents… your pastor… your church?
So let me ask you a question. How is your “prayer life” going nowadays? How much passion do you have when you pray? How much belief do you have in the power of prayer?
Not happy with how you answered those questions? Here are some next steps to give your prayer life the shot in the arm it needs…
A Man Named George. I recently read a biography on the life of George Muller. He fed, clothed, and cared for orphans and relied on prayer for God’s provision like you would not believe. That book really built my faith! Click HERE for the version I read.
Lighting Fires. This coming Sunday ask a member of the prayer team at your church to pray for you, to “light a fire” inside of you when it comes to prayer. So that praying goes from being something you feel you ought to do to something you are compelled to do.
24/7 Prayer Room. Out of all of the amazing things that happened at our church last year, one of the absolute highlights was the 24/7 Prayer Room. Since we are currently a portable church, God provided a storefront space we rented for a week and people from our church (and other churches across the area!) prayed in 2-hour time slots around the clock, 24 hours a day during the final week of Lent.
Well, the Prayer Room is back! This year we’ll be praying as Lent begins from February 26 to March 5. Click HERE for more info or to sign up for one (or more!) slots. May you say YES to this opportunity to PRAY LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
By the way, if spending two hours straight in a “Prayer Room” sounds intimidating, I could introduce you to dozens of people at our church who thought the same thing when we promoted the 24/7 Prayer Room last year. But they took a step of faith, signed up for a time slot, and I heard the same story again and again… the time flew by for them!
There are many ways to spend the time: reading from Psalms in the Bible, playing worship music on your iPod, “Praying in Color” using Scripture-themed coloring books that we provide, writing out prayers on the brown “wallpaper”, and on and on!
May God use this blog to stir something deep inside of you when it comes to prayer. And may you trust that your prayers offered in faith are doing things in the spiritual realm that you can only imagine on this side of Heaven… like disrupting communication behind enemy lines and establishing “air superiority” in the spiritual realm.
***”The fRamily of God” is my sermon this Sunday. And no there is no type-o in the title! When we use the word “family” we picture a mom, a dad, and their kiddos. That is how we define family. And that is true… that IS a family. But is there a more true truth? Is there a deeper truth to what a family is? Most importantly, is that how Jesus defined “family”? (Hint: the answer is NO!). And what is the mission He calls His family to? Please plan to join us on February 19th at 10:30am at The Eastside Vineyard Church. And be sure to bring your “thinking caps”! More info at tevchurch.org***