This past week, a friend shared with me a prayer book her husband keeps for his family and all of his friends. He is a father of 6. This notebook is specifically created for creating a vision for his family and to fight spiritual warfare for his family and friends.
I have never seen anything like this! It’s amazing!
Inside he has a list of people he is praying for. First, he has each of his family members listed and specific areas he is praying over each one, starting with his wife, followed by each child. Then he has his top 12 friends he’s praying over – then his top 70 friends and then his top 120. That’s a lot of people he is praying over! He systematically prays through his list and dates when he has prayed for them. Sometimes he takes the time to contact the person he has prayed for, to let them know they were prayed for that day.
This is a man who is very aware of spiritual warfare – he doesn’t just play defense – he plays offense too. He is willing to fight on his knees for his loved ones.
Oh that we all would be this aware of the enemy and his tactics. As I said in last Friday’s post on destroying strongholds:
Darkness is not stagnate.
It moves in anywhere it can.
The light MUST push out the darkness.
We must participate in pushing out the darkness.
That brings us to today’s scripture reading in Deuteronomy 20:1-4. It says:
“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
2 And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people3 and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, 4 for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’
Moses told the Israelites that when they went to battle and they saw the power of their enemies – with horses and chariots and armies larger than their own – they should not be afraid of them.
They should not be afraid of what they see because what is unseen – their great God — is greater!
Is there something you are facing that looks like a Goliath to you?
In verses 2-4, the Israelites are told, when they were near the battle, to have a priest come forward and speak to the people.
The priest is to remind the Israelites to not panic or be in dread of the enemy. He is to remind them that the Lord their God is with them and fighting for them. They should not give in to fear.
They are not alone!
Friends, when you are in the midst of a battle – a trial – a temptation – a crisis or a tragedy – we need the encouragement of other believers. We need another Christian sister to remind us to not give in to fear. God is with us.
I have a dear friend, who did this for me, just one month ago when I was going through a trial. She called me up and left me one of the sweetest, calmest, most encouraging voicemails I’ve ever received. This is a girl I have never spoken to on the phone – who just followed the leading of the Lord. He had placed me as a burden on her heart and she obeyed what she felt was his prompting and she called. Then she spoke truth to me. Truth I needed to hear in that very moment. Her words soothed my soul and calmed my anxious heart. She reminded me…
Do not give in to fear.
I am not alone.
And so it’s my turn to do for you, what my friend did for me. I want you to know…
I have experienced this – it’s true! He does fight for us! The battle may not always end the way we want it to – all tied up neatly in a bow – but I have experienced God’s undeniable hand of protection during my battles.
When I’ve felt all alone, God has given me more of Himself so that I do not feel alone.
He is present and so I can say with confidence – You are not alone.
And I’m reminded of the notebook, with the long list of family and friends that are being prayed over by this father of 6. He is methodically and systematically fighting battles beside his friends and family because he sees. He sees that the enemy may appear overwhelmingly strong…but he also knows the power of our great God and the power of prayer.
Do you have a friend who is in the midst of a battle today?
Support your friend in her battle. Call her up and leave her a message. Remind her to not give in to fear. Remind her – she is not alone.
When you feel all alone remember this:
God goes with you everywhere you go.
Practice the presence of the Lord in your life today. Call on him in times of fear. Allow him to replace your panic with peace.
Here’s 3 verses to remind you – you are not alone:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Walk with the King,
What is the battle you are facing today? If you are in need of prayer – share it with us in the comment section and we will be praying for you. You are not alone.
For Further Reading
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Becoming a Godly Wife – Bridget
Misty Leask – Misty
Rosilind Jukic – Rosilind
Worshipful Living – Mandy
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Good Morning Guys – The Book of Deuteronomy Journal
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