For the past two weeks our second son has been traveling and visiting friends. His trip has taken him across multiple states, driving over 2,000 miles round trip in the process. He had a great time over all and added new states to his list of nearly thirty states he has been to in his life.
As a parent, I have been praying for him and his protection as he traveled; knowing full well that if he had an emergency we would be too far away to help him.
Our oldest son has been living out of state for college the past few years. When he left home, I knew I would not be able to help him immediately if he needed us. Again, I could only pray.
I could only pray.
From the time I found out I was pregnant until the moment I fell asleep last night, I have been praying for my sons. Praying for their physical body and for their spiritual body.
I have given them again and again over to God, for His guidance and wisdom to prevail in their decisions. For protection from the enemy and for their personal growth in their Faith journeys.
The past two mornings I have heard two different song lyrics echo in my mind, both have carried the theme of battle. Fighting my battles, fighting my battles; You are a warrior, warrior, warrior. The lyrics have been on a continuous loop, one line playing over the other, almost overwhelming the previous song.
I am unsure what I need to prepare for, but it is evident that I must be battle ready.
So many verses in Scripture describe going into battle. From the Old Testament when the Israelites entered the Promised Land and battled the different polytheistic nations to claim the land for God (see Deuteronomy 30:5, 31:3-6). All through the New Testament to when we are told of Christ, who will lead us into battle on a white horse (see Revelation 6:2, 19:11,19:14).
We are soldiers who have been called to join God’s army (2 Timothy 2:1-7). But our battle is not against humanity, it is against God’s enemy and only this enemy. Ephesians 6:12 says, For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens, (Ephesians 6:12 HCSB).
If you may be thinking, this isn’t a calling for me, it’s for someone else, be assured Dear Ones, it is a calling for you.
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand, (Ephesians 6:10-11, 13 HCSB, bold mine).
The word soldier appears eighty-four times in the Bible and battle appears 656 times in Scripture. It is serious. If we disregard the bugle call to reveille we set ourselves up to fall on the battlefield. We must be prepared.
In the powerful movie, War Room, Miss Clara responds to Elisabeth’s description of what happened when she prayed. It is a soul-stirring moment that reminds us Who is in charge and who is not. Miss Clara’s response
Best Beloved, where are you today in preparing for battle? Are you standing up on the front lines, armor on, covered in prayer? Or are you hiding somewhere, hoping you can wait behind in the barracks until your company returns?
Don’t be persuaded by the enemy that you are not needed or not wanted. God has called you to join Him on the field. He has already claimed the victory over the enemy, Therefore I will praise You, Yahweh, among the nations; I will sing about Your name. He gives great victories to His king; He shows loyalty to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever, (Psalms 18:49-50 HCSB).
We have victory because Jesus is victorious, But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57 HCSB).
Best Beloved, it’s time to get out of the barracks and onto the battlefield. May we be battle ready and may we remember Who has already claimed the victory.
Links to songs mentioned:
War Room (2015, directed by Alex Kendrick, starring Priscilla Shirer , T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie. Produced by Provident Films and Affirm Films. Distributed by TriStar Pictures).