We are jumping in feet first today. No pleasantries. No story to make you smile. Because.
I. Am. Tired.
I am tired of being silent. I am tired of thinking there is nothing I can do. I am tired of seeing marriages and families fall apart only to believe that failure is the inevitable for at least fifty percent of people.
I am tired of settling for the world.
For the past few weeks I have been reading a book called Fervent by Priscilla Shirer which is reigniting the flame of conviction to pray. There is power in prayer, and yet I stand idly by as if there is nothing I can do to help those I love.
It’s time to take back our purpose, to take back our marriages, to take back our families, to take back our relationships, and to take back our conviction. Prayer is something we have become used to, an easy ritual we perform before a meal. And do you know what? Satan loves that. He doesn’t mind us saying a short prayer every day or two to satisfy our guilt. Because a thirty second prayer every now and then doesn’t scratch the surface of what we are facing. The last thing Satan wants is for us to realize the power we have in the palm of our hand, the primary act to bring about real change.
No more. It’s time to battle like we mean it.
One passage that is constantly on my mind is found in Ephesians 6: “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.” Yet how many times do we wage war as the world does? How many times do we once again try to fix those problems with words or a slight adjustment only to be left disappointed? For our struggle is not against flesh and blood. For our struggle is not against the seen. For our struggle is against the invisible.
There are countless verses in Scripture and entire books written on prayer which makes it difficult to summarize the gravity of this concept in just a few paragraphs. I am thirsty for conviction, to see people rise up and refuse to settle for all this junk we accept as normal. I’m tired of mediocrity, of seeing our Christian brothers and sisters playing with fire yet doing nothing to help them. Sure, maybe I will mention a name in prayer every now and then but honestly that is pretty worthless! For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). We are in a war. And war demands our all.
If you are tired of what your life looks like, tired of struggling with that recurring sin, tired of failed attempt after failed attempt to fix spiritual problems with physical tools, then it’s time to start fighting from the ground up.
The way up is down. The way to change the physical is to fight with the spiritual. It’s time to see the unseen. And you know what? This is good news…GOOD news! Because moving forward we no longer have to settle. We no longer have to accept lie after lie that there is nothing we can do, no action we can take, no power in our lives to effect change. Because there is. And that power is found in prayer.
Put on your armor.
Let’s go to war.