“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…With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” ~Ephesians 6:12-18
“To clasp the hands in prayer is to begin an uprising against the powers of the world.” ~Karl Barth
“Prayer does not equip us for greater works; prayer is the greater work.” ~Oswald Chambers
There’s a battle taking place. There’s fighting. We’re in the middle of a war. We’ve received nearly a thousand prayer requests this week in anticipation of our 24 Hours of Prayer Friday and Saturday here at Legacy. I’ve been blessed to read every single one of them as I compile them and organize them for this massive prayer event. And I can testify to the war.
There’s cancer. Illness. Divorce. Estranged children. Addiction. Bitterness. Depression. Broken families. Lost jobs. Disease. Violence. Death. Fear. Concern. Pain. Uncertainty. Sadness.
And it’s nothing but Satan. Our Adversary is working overtime to destroy us. His influence is all over these prayer requests. He’s trying to kill us. It’s not the cancer or the financial woes or the family issues. It’s our Enemy. And he fights dirty. And he’s bent on destruction.
And we battle him together by the power of God. Together we don God’s armor so we can stand against the Evil One. We stand firm, together, in truth and righteousness and peace and faith and salvation and the Word. All those things protect us from the flaming arrows of Satan, from the evil he would do in our lives and in our world to discourage us, to drive us apart, to drive us away. The armor protects us. And above all this, on top of all this, we pray. We pray. We lift our hands and our hearts to the One who promises to destroy the Enemy.
Yes, there is a battle taking place. And that battle is won when we pray.
Between 60-70 men are committed to praying continuously, non-stop, up here in our worship center, from 8:00 Friday morning through 8:00 Saturday morning, 24 hours, over the requests of our church family and our community. We’re taking the war to Satan this weekend. We’re storming the gates of Hell with prayer and the power of our mighty God. We’ll be on the front lines of the cosmic battle in that worship center. We’ll emerge Saturday bloodied and bruised. Intercession isn’t easy. It’s costly. It’s hard. Paul likens it to wrestling in Colossians 4. But we’ll emerge victorious through the strength of our crucified and resurrected Lord.
We could still use another 25-30 volunteers to pray during one of these hours. We need a few more troops. Call the Legacy church office to sign up. You don’t even have to sign up. Just show up. I thank you in advance. You also still have time to submit a prayer request by clicking here.
“As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” ~Exodus 17:12-16