Every year, time is set aside to honor those who died while serving our country and to honor those who are currently serving our country. We show our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifice they have made for our country, but I want to take this time to honor every Christian soldier who sacrifice their time and are diligent in prayer.
Unlike those who serve in the armed forces, they can’t see who they are warring against, but they win many victories through Jesus Christ. They pull down strongholds, cast out unclean spirits, destroy yokes, break fetters and chain, and cancel wicked schemes and devises. They just don’t serve the country they live in, but they war in the spirit for the whole world. One soldier is able to chase one thousand to flight. These men and women of God are watchmen on the walls who refuse to be silent. They don’t give God any rest. They pray day and night.
Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He revealed His plan. God didn’t hide His plan from Abraham and He will not hide His plan from you, Abraham’s seed. When God shared His plan, Abraham immediately went into prayer and pleaded on behalf of Lot. Abraham sounded like he was making a plea bargain with God.
Will you destroy the righteous with the wicked? (Genesis 18:23)
If there be fifty righteous in the city, will you destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are living there? (Genesis 18:24)
Forty five righteous? (Genesis 18:28)
Forty righteous? (Genesis 18:29)
Thirty righteous? (Genesis 18:30)
Twenty righteous? (Genesis 18:31)
Ten righteous? (Genesis 18:32)
If someone hadn’t stood in the gap for Lot, he would have been destroyed, but Abraham’s prayer delivered him out of destruction. If someone hadn’t stood in the gap for you, you would have been destroyed, but the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous is working in your life.
God is still seeking someone who will make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Him for the land so that He won’t destroy it. The land includes the government, your city, church, school, and your family. Fight against those who are fighting against your land. God made a hedge about Job, his house and all that he had on every side. When we pray, we make a hedge about those who we are interceding for to protect them from the enemy’s plans and attacks.
When you received the gift of salvation, you were automatically enlisted into the army of God. I know you didn’t know what you were signing up for and neither did I. In fact, the only reason why we came to Jesus is because the Father drew us. We didn’t choose Him, but He chose us.
Because you are chosen to defeat the enemy, he will devise schemes and tricks to silence you, to distract you and to keep you from praying, but I pray that you don’t faint. Cleanse yourself from whatever is dishonorable so that you may be a vessel for honor and fit for God’s use. Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sisters, your sons, your daughters, your wives, your husbands and your houses (Nehemiah 4:14, paraphrase).
Yes, sometimes it gets hard, but there is nothing too hard for God. May you endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.