My Prayer Tonight

Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2  He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3  He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5  You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

These six verses, which are actually all of chapter 23, have been imprinted on my heart. I have decided I want to memorize them, in an attempt to bring them close and have them at hand. The Word of God is so powerful. Jesus even said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word never will.” (Matthew 24:35). If it is that strong, I want to carry it with me all the time.

But not only for the strength, but for the message. Not only is this a prayer for myself to remind my soul, but it’s also my prayers for those lost out there, maybe even those stuck in “the valley of the shadow of death”, that they would not fear the evils there because they realize God’s presence in their life.

Tonight I am praying for those lost souls to be restored. And if you are reading this, I ask you to take a moment and join me, no matter when you’re reading this. Let’s come together and pray for those we can’t physically reach right now, for those that need God to change their heart as only he can.

But, if there is someone like that who comes to mind, do not hesitate. “Go!” as God commanded Ananias (Acts 9:15) and do not stall. Who knows what your obedience could do? It could save a life, open a door, or cause someone to make a choice. But I can promise you that you will see nothing happen through you if you stay in your safe bubble and don’t do anything.

Tonight is a night to break out. To realize that we are free and show others how God can break their own binding chains. Pray for that person, call them, and then pray some more. You will be amazed in the power of prayer, patience, and obedience.

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” I pray that these people will be there as well. I pray that you are looking forward to that day. I pray for my patience for that day as well. For now, there are small fights to be won, but our hope lies in Jesus who has won the battle for us and claimed the victory. We are victorious as his children and need to share his hope with others.

If you feel that conviction, don’t hesitate. God’s kingdom is worth feeling like a fool.

And may no one be content until they are wonderfully content in Him.

Cassidy.

 

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Prayer in the Battlefield

Recently, I’ve been thinking about prayer.

Two Sundays ago, at the Lakes, Roshad spoke about how important and powerful prayer really is. Personally, I’ve heard it a lot “prayer is the most powerful thing you can do”. And so, I do pray, and I do understand using prayer to talk to God, to have a conversation with the Almighty Creator (Really, whoa… but that’s a whole other ramble), but a weapon? It’s not that I didn’t believe, it’s that I didn’t understand. I couldn’t grasp the idea of a thought, a prayer, containing any power in it.

But that just shows how much more of the Bible I need to read… 😉

Roshad referenced a few verses that night, and these two were the big hitters for me:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:10)

We, as Christians, don’t understand that when things happen to us, it really isn’t the obvious physical enemy you have trying to thwart your life—they usually don’t care that much. Really, it is Satan, trying to pull you towards him and throw off your relationship with God. Everything we do and come in contact with is not attributed to this world we see, but to another world, another realm I suppose, of spiritual things, where there is a battle raging daily. And not just any battle, begun with egos and “morals”, but a battle fought over you and your salvation by a God that wants to save you and rescue you so passionately, and an enemy that wants just as much to see you fall so hard and be eternally separated from your Creator.

But I digress…

Roshad also talked about Daniel 10, where Daniel had just seen a vision of a war and began to mourn and fast for three weeks (a fast where nothing is choice or extravagant, but just bare basics). Then, on the twenty-fourth day of the month, he was visited by an angel who said something quite interesting:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)

And Roshad began to explain as I had never heard explained before about how our prayers take on a spiritual form and then go out to fight in this spiritual battle, and, as they were in Daniel 10, can be detained by the dark forces who oppose them.

All of this gave me a very interesting image in my head:

Envision a world at war. (After a small amount of research, because I am no history buff to be sure, I think World War II helps to paint this image best) You are a woman in America (sorry guys) whose fiancé just left to do his part in the war. Well you’re not just going to sit around, so you try to help out from your end, but, after a while, you miss him terribly and decide to try and write him. Pen hits paper and then it is signed, sealed and off across the pond. But now, watch that letter on it’s journey to him. I imagine a battlefield, treacherous and fearsome, weapons firing and explosions desecrating, as this little letter finds its way from hand to hand to make it to him. Obviously, no one’s just going to walk over and hand it to him and say “Oh yeah, here’s a letter from your fiancé she sent a few days ago”, but there will be obstacles, conflicts, and other happenings to detain your letter as it travels. But here you are, just sitting in America, wondering where your letter could be.

That’s how I envision prayer. We can’t physically see the spiritual battle going on, but it’s there. Our prayers survive spiritual attacks and warfare to make it through as they travel to their answer. That’s why prayer is important. Because imagine if that letter wasn’t just a love letter, but it contained a brand new weapon, the most powerful of all, in it. That envelope contains a victory for your side. In the spiritual world, that envelope would contain the weapon of prayer, the strongest weapon we have.

So suit up and ready yourselves. There is a war and we are fighting in it every single day. Where’s your weapon?