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The King of Kings,
Having submitted yourself to a local congregation composed of your neighbors and friends for the purpose of growing in Christ. You are hereby notified that you are called to serve on the battlefield of prayer.
In all nations of the world forces of evil have combined and contrived to silence, contain, or destroy our brothers and sisters in Christ. Their weapons are fear, torture, death, intimidation, lies, apathy, intolerance, anger, division, hate, busy-ness, distractions, and false accusations. In some nations silence is insured by the edge of a sword, in some by laws enacted to prevent the preaching of the Gospel or even carrying a Bible, in other places intimidation and self-serving cultural expectations stifle the message. But this has happened before and God’s call to arms is contained in His word.
Psalm 83 begins: “For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:2–4, NASB95) The Psalm continues to name the nations and peoples that had conspired together against God’s people.
The second half of the Psalm is a prayer that may seem harsh at first. “O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind. Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm. Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:13–18, NASB95) It may sound like a prayer of destruction but notice these two key phrases – “That they may seek your name” and “that they may know that You alone…are the Most High over all the earth.” Our first desire is for their reclamation and salvation, not their destruction. And if the first desire cannot be received then that their plans would be turned aside, confused, and made ineffective.
During this past year we have seen the forces of evil seek to destroy and mock Jesus Christ and those who would follow Him. This year we must all enter into the battleground of prayer. Asking for God’s strength, wisdom, peace, and grace for those on the front lines facing loss of life, loss of faith, loss of hope, and loss of livelihood. But also asking God to make Himself known to those whom Satan is using in this fight – The terrorists, Islamic militants, governments like Saudi Arabia and India, media leaders, cultural leaders, strident atheists, self-centered and self-serving politicians, and self-promoting academia. Our prayer, our strong desire is that they would seek Jesus and know that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The greatest blessing we can bestow is that they would come to know and love Jesus Christ. As Jesus instructed, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44, NASB95)