2 Sam 18:9-12 "Absalom was fleeing from David's men on his mule
when the mule ran under a huge oak tree.
Absalom's head got stuck fast in the oak
and he was left dangling between heaven and earth.
Joab then took three spears in his hand
and thrust them into the heart of Absalom
while he was still hanging from the tree."
Until recently, we'd pray before coming to Jesus Street, and then head out. But a few weeks ago we got in the middle of some bad blood on the street. The devil brings his weapons- there's drug activity, gang activity - all the things the devil works to create with his deceptions. He's the author of arrogance, and violence, and poverty. We don't know who did what wrong... everybody was wrong. But we found ourselves between it all and it was a little intense.
This opened our eyes to the need for more covering in "real-time" prayer.
So, last week we asked the 5-7th grade sunday school class to pray for us during the exact hours we'd be on the Street. Kids pray with some faith, y'all! This week we again asked friends to cover us in prayer as we went.
The bible says we don't wage war in the flesh, but in the spirit. We fight spirits of violence, spirits of pride, and addiction, and despair. And the weapons we use are empowered by God to break those strongholds. One of our weapons is to boldly declare the destruction of the kingdom of darkness and its lies. Its a lesser kingdom to the kingdom of God. We declare Jesus ruler over our street, and our city! We acknowledge only His authority; and when the real King comes in, those lesser spirits scatter and get caught in the trees by their hair like Absalom.
A funny thing is happening in the wake of prayer like that. The Love of God is taking hold.
Under the covering of prayer, we're seeing an outpouring of the Love of God - both in our hearts for others, and in the Love being received. HA! This makes me laugh! The devil meant to instill fear in us. But instead, God's Love is taking hold! We're abounding with Love! And it's almost tangible how people are receiving God's Love for them. Go prayer warriors!
In coming weeks, we'll share stories of the advance of God's kingdom of Love on Jesus Street. And in coming ages, God will show the surpassing riches of His grace because of His great love with which He loved us in making us alive in Christ Jesus.
2Tim 1:7 "God has not given us a spirit of timidity,
but a spirit of power and a spirit of love"
1John 4:18 "...perfect love casts out fear."
Eph 3:14-19 "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
that He would grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts; and that you may be able to comprehend
the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ
which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God."
1John 3:8 "For this purpose the Son of God appeared,
to destroy all the works of the devil."