|Posted on June 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM|
If you have been a member to this site for a while, you will have noticed that it looks different. Before, the site depicted some very nice armour, chain mail, helm and sword. Also, the site was called - Prayer Warrior. No I have not abandoned any sense of being called as a prayer warrior. Rather, I have been taught by Jesus, another form of spiritual warfare praying. Until Jesus completes the fullness of His Kingdom, there will always be a spiritual war between the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of darkness. I want to explain this form of spiritual warfare praying and perhaps then you will understand why I changed the site to reflect this understanding.
For years I have, under the leading & anointing of the Holy Spirit, been engaged in very intense spiritual warfare praying. I say intense because I have at times, through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, found myself in the heavenlies engaged in literal hand to hand combat with demonic entities and hosts of demons. I say literal, because at times when I have come out of from the anointing I have had bite marks, scratches, bruises and injuries. Keep in mind, this was all enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I never went looking for this. I would be worshipping the Lord with the guitar and would be aware of things happening in the heavenlies. These times of prayer might only last a few minutes, but sometimes happen day after day for months and months. Here is an example. For months the Lord had me praying in what looked like a violent desert. I spent all my time in prayer digging a ditch from east to west. There was much violence over this ditch. Then one day this prayer stopped and I heard on the news that the referendum for seprarate the Sudan into two countries was happening. That border went east to west. It was very interesting. This kind of praying, whether for people, my congregation, my city, or ministries has been like this for over 16 years. And then almost two years ago this kind of activity almost stopped completely. It was very difficult to adapt to this. I thought the Lord had abandoned me, or that I had done something terrible to offend the Lord. Then in July of 2012 I found myself being placed into a different place. I watch a lot of war movies and historical movies. And sometimes when the Lord wants to teach me some Biblical principles he will enable me to experience truth by actually being in a movie. This is what happened. I had watched a movie about the tribal wars that would occur between the Russian Cossacks (Russian Orthodox) and the Poles from Warsaw (Roman Catholic). In the movies the Poles had attacked and wiped out a Cossack camp. The Cossacks attempted to retaliate by attacking Warsaw. The only problem was that Warsaw was a fortified city and the Cossacks were nomadic and had no idea how to engage in seige warfare. Eventually they decided to build seige towers and eventually (after many many months) they took the city. When the Lord put me in the movie to learn a battle principle, this is what I learned. When the seig tower door dropped down, I didn't jump out and fight. Instead, I found myself manning a huge water hose. All the seige towers were equipped with these hoses and we just simply flooded the city and drowned out the opposition.
This same principle was portrayed in the Lord of the Rings movie. In one scene, the Ents (tree-like beings) were attacking Saruman's stone tower at Isengard. This physical attack wasn't effective. One of the Ents pulled down the dam that had been built to stop the river and flooded the Tower and won the victory.
Over the next few weeks the Lord began to download some things from scripture to give me understanding as to what He was trying to teach me. I have always taught that Jesus' ministry was governed and shaped by prayer. In John 5:19 Jesus said "every thing I do I do because I see the Father doing it". It is obvious that when Jesus is spending time with the Father everyday in prayer, that He is getting His daily assignments. I have also taught that we are seated in the heavenlies with Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). As we are seated with Him, the Holy Spirit enables us to hear and see what Jesus is praying because Jesus himself continues to pray the Father's will (Hebrews 7:25). But the Lord has added to this paradigm. In Hebrews 9:24 we have the picture of Jesus entering the heavenly Temple to make present His blood for the atonement. See this - this is the real, orignal Temple in the heavenlies. Furthermore, flowing from this Temple is the river of God that brings healing to the nations (Revelation 22:2). This river flows to the nations to bring healing. I began to see another form of spiritual warfare praying - praying the river.
Shortly after this experience of being in the movie, the Holy Spirit brought me into the heavenlies - just like before. I found myself, in the heavenlies looking over India. And nothing was really happening. So I said to the Lord, "what do you want me to do ?" And He said, Iike I was supposed to understand, "Pray the river". I had no idea what He was driving at so I just began to ask the Holy Spirit to flood the nations with the light of Jesus. And from there prayer just began to pour out of me like waves. As I look back, I have realized that praying the river is simply praying the character of Father, Son and Holy Spirit into the situaiton or into the nation. How can the adversary possibly stand against that river. I have found this form of spiritual warfare praying is very simple and is very powerful. In this form of prayer I have experienced push-backs from the enemy, but nothing like before. Spirtual warfare praying has become exciting once again.
I have changed my website to reflect this fundamental change in spiritual warfare praying. While we may be clothed in the full armour of God, we are riding a battleship on the river of God. The focus in prayer has become praying the river of God to move powerfully among the nations and people groups.
Another interesting development is that we at Knox have been seeing a river flowing in the sanctuary into the city. And other congregations have as well. Spiritual warfare is not just about warring directly against the devil, it is also about overwhelming the enemy with the victorious reality of Jesus Christ. The song by Darrell Evans, Let the River Flow, plays in our sanctuary 24/7.
Now you know why I have changed the website. Blessings and Peace and may you too experience the joy of praying His river/presence into all situations.