By Kelly Baker
Correspondent 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

The Power of Prayer

 


Thursday, May 7, was National Day of Prayer. People of all denominations were invited to come together in prayer. Locally, the Southern Cove Ministerium organized a drive-in prayer event at the Woodbury Church of the Brethren that evening at 7 p.m. The theme was “Praying God’s Glory Across the Earth.” Area pastors led those who gathered in a time of prayer, covering seven different topics. At the end there was wind and rain, but it felt good to be with others, lifting our hearts in prayer.

It reminded me just how important it is to be able to gather with others, and how effective prayer can be. It’s truly a powerful thing. What we do in prayer at this very time, will shape the future of the world. If we pray, if we intercede before God for humanity, he will hear us. We are allowed to bring all our cares and concerns before God. He doesn’t mind, he encourages it. Our world is in the midst of a spiritual battle right now, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. It’s happening. We need all hands on deck.


How does one prepare themselves for such a battle? Let’s talk about the Armor of God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV).

So first, we put on our armor. Then we prepare our weapon, the sword of the Spirit. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27, NIV).


The Spirit manifests as a weapon through prayer. The sword of prayer is a deadly blade and we have been given the authority to wield it. There is a reason we call people “prayer warriors” and not “prayer kittens.” One does not have to be in superb physical condition to be a prayer warrior. Some of the sweetest, most docile little old ladies I know are lethal prayer ninjas. When they pray, get back Jack, things are about to happen.

Once we enter the battle in prayer, we can’t stop until it’s over. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’” (Luke 18:1-8, NIV).


We still have a heartbeat. We can still make a choice. Choose to be part of the movement interceding for our world. Choose to stand in the gap and not let the enemy pass without a fight. Choose to pray every day for our community, our state, our country, our world. Choose to pour your heart out before God on behalf of humanity, for your brothers and sisters, for those you know and those you’ve never met. Put on the armor of God and stand firm. Continue to pray with the Spirit that God’s Glory would be seen and known by all. Don’t give up!

Happy Birthday to a man of faith – my grandfather, Robert Guyer (Woodbury), who will be celebrating his 92nd trip around the sun on May 18. I love you Pap!

 

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