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Prophecy (part II)

Wayne and I had just rolled in the front door, after 52 hours of travel. Yahoo, it felt so great to be home and to see our girls again. A few hours later the phone rang announcing two bits of heavy news. A dear colleague in India was seized by a heart attack. And a region where we had plowed gospel breakthroughs, was damp with the blood of our pastors. The local terrorists decided to pass out some violent beatings. My heart sank deeper and deeper as Wayne and I sat on the edge of our bed and prayed.

An urgency began to rattle me out of my jet lagged slump. Just as Wayne and I said, “Amen,” a still small voice said, “Contend with My enemies.”

Contend or Content?
The word “Contend” means, “To strive in opposition or against difficulties…” At that moment, I must admit my pillow was a big temptation. It would’ve been easier to be, ‘Content’ and not trundle myself downstairs for a season of “Contending” in prayer.
The New Testament tells the story, the battle is won on our knees. Even though you might not have terrorists roaming your neighborhood, most of us would agree that there’s a whole host of violent take-overs going on all around us. In fact, Jesus promised that in the last days things would start shaking, quaking and crumbling (see Matthew 24). He also said, “see to it that you are not alarmed,” and that this was, “the beginning of birth pains.” What’s the purpose of the birth pains? It’s to prepare the way for His return.

And that’s where prophetic intercession comes in. It’s the kind of prayer that contends with His enemies and insists, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done.” (Matthew 6/Luke 11) Some people call it, “spiritual warfare,’ James calls it, “fervent prayer” that accomplishes much (James 5:16). We could call it, “prayer with passion,” or, “prayer that isn’t boring.”

One leader wrote, “Winning the war starts with hearing the General.” And hearing from God is the essence of prophetic prayer.

For Heaven’s Sake!
God is a Creator Who speaks. But the problem is that most of us are a little drowsy. The truth is, “God can’t do much with sleepy heads.” And if this is where you’re at, “Snap out of it, for heaven’s sake!” We can’t afford for the edge of our sword to be dull. God has assignments for YOU and me. The prophet Joel wrote, “I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. And even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

What has God been speaking to you? Have you had any dreams lately? (heavenly ones?) Do you seem unable to escape the news about Israel or the aids crisis in Africa? Are you gripped by the need of troubled teens? Have you heard His heart lately about the missionaries your church supports on the foreign field? Have you prayed for our troops? Or labored in prayer for His kingdom to come in Iraq?
Listen, because He’s speaking to you!

A Picture of Prayer
It was early morning before I saw my pillow again. And yes, my bed was a welcomed sight!  I had spent most of the night contending. “What did you pray for”‘ you might ask.

Prayer for the terrorists. I prayed for the Light of Christ breakthrough. May they be kept from the destruction and desire of the evil one. May peace come to them through the Prince of peace. May the Saul’s among them have a God encounter, commissioning them into a life giving destiny as Paul’s among their people.  (Luke 6:27; John 1:9; Isaiah 9:6; Acts 26:14)

For my colleagues, I prayed for courage. Boldness to not back down, or back up. For an impenetrable shield around their property and their loved ones. I asked that glory would descend, with signs and wonders to settle the score. That the people who insisted on resistance would be silenced by His Presence. (Psalms 91; Acts 4:29-30)

For our dear friend Mohan, I prayed for the touch of the Great Physician. For divine power to jolt the mortality, and preserve him until all his appointed works were completed. (John 11:25; Psalms 139:16; Malachi 4:2)

Kathleen Dillard

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