A precious friend is having surgery Friday for a mass on her brain. Another friend is under pressure to care for aging parents while in a season with several young children. One friend is reeling with the news that her husband’s company is shutting down and he’s losing his job. One friend sent a text for prayer last week when her sister-in-law was hiding out in a closet because her school was on lock-down while authorities worked to locate a shooter.
We are experiencing the groans of life under the fall, but also the whiplash of being hit repeatedly by the enemy’s terrorizing tactics. Don’t watch the news too much or you’ll begin to think that he’s the one in charge.
The enemy has launched a frontal attack. His signature is a combination of slander against God’s truth, goodness, and power. He pounces on every opportunity to uproot confidence in God’s reality and is delighted when the nations mock God. His tactics aren’t new. He’s been at this a long time—but, never forget—we have the advantage.
How should we respond when under enemy fire?
Lay it all out. Talk to the Deliverer.
One of my favorite prayer scenes in all of Scripture is found in 2 Kings 18–19. If you spend time soaking in these chapters, you’ll recognize the enemy’s familiar refrains spewing from Rabshekah’s mouth as he taunts those who trust in God and then ultimately blasphemes God by implying He’s no different than the gods of other nations.
When the vicious threats reach the king’s ear, he knows just what to do. He goes to prayer. Hezekiah humbles himself and seeks God for his nation’s deliverance. He calls on others to join him in the intercession effort, and when the enemy turns up the heat through an official dispatch . . .
Hezekiah sets aside everything and gets alone to lay it all out before God.
In childlike trust this mighty king takes the enemy’s pompous letter and literally spreads it out before God.
I love his opening statement:
[box]“O Lord . . . You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth . . .”[/box]
Recognition of the Almighty then leads to the heart of Hezekiah’s appeal (please don’t miss this!!) . . .
[box]“Deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone are God.”[/box]
He doesn’t ask for deliverance for his own sake, or even for the safety, comfort, or prosperity of the nation. He asks for deliverance so that God’s great name can be known far and wide as the one and only, the true and living–God! He wants God’s name and reputation to be vindicated!
What a prayer!
What battle strategy against the enemy’s arsenal!
When we pray from the basis of God’s glory—we are praying from a position of spiritual power.
His power is evident as my friend prepares for surgery and she’s made it known that she trusts Him and wants Him to be glorified—no matter what. His power is evident as my friend’s sister-in-law looked to Him for safety and the school was protected from any incident during the Bismarck lock-down. Scoffers say that prayers are useless, that we’re crying out senselessly, but those who know Him, know that He is a God who answers prayer. He is at work and when we pray from the basis of God’s glory—we’re praying from a position of spiritual power.
I want His great name to be known and vindicated in our own nation. I desire for all to know that He alone is God. Will you join me in crying out for that?
How about you? Are you ready to get serious about it?
Ready to lay it all out?
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