Friday, January 12, 2007

Ministry of defence

The lines are drawn...Last night, after dinner (a quiet meal, just thirty-six of us), my wife and I prayed with a young sister who's been finding the going tough recently. This was certainly not just a case digging her out of the "poor old me's" (which, alas, shepherding can sometimes come down to...)

This sister is committed, pure-hearted and eager. But she'd hit a wall. We discerned that she was being targetted in the battle - the enemy was seeking to wear her down. So we prayed.

As the Spirit came, we named certain spirits that were seeking to get at her and sent them away; the demonic fog lifted and it was beautiful seeing the lines of tension fall away from her face and peace fill her. And God spoke to her and affirmed her: "I am your shield and your shelter. I am your very great reward."

That's how it is in a Jesus army. It's a real battle against a desperate, amoral and ruthless foe. And in community we're at the front line. We need each other. We need to be able to pray for and receive from each other - and live to fight another day.


someone said...


normal said...

Who are you 'someone' and why are you sad?

Concerned said...

"For the love of God is broader than the measure of man's mind;and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind. But we make his love too narrow with false limits of our own, and we magnify his strictness with a zeal he will not own."

Supernatural said...

Mmm. Same comment that appeared on another blog I looked at earlier. Looks like the carpet-bomb comment approach.

But in response to your entry, I had a very (almost uncanny) similar experience last night in praying for a sister. It is a beautiful thing that we can help to bring in God's work in the lives of our dear friends. Keep doing it!