"Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention! Present arms! Advance! Turn your shovels into swords; turn your hoes into spears. Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, 'I'm tough, I'm a fighter.'" - Joel 3:9-10 The Message Bible
The call to arms to pray has never changed since the prophet Joel wrote these words.
It is in prayer that we probe spiritual realities, communicate with God, access the arsenal of Heaven, and expand God's Kingdom on the earth. It is as simple as pulling aside to a quiet place and opening your heart to God, and as dynamic as tapping into the power and imagination that created the cosmos.
As with God, nothing is impossible, so it is that through prayer, nothing is implausible.
PRAYER GIVES HEAVEN PERMISSION TO INVADE EARTH
Through this discipline, we are able to pray Heaven down to keep Hell from rising. You must fully embrace that God will never abandon you but is ever-present wanting to work His will in your life.
As Theresa of Avila said: "All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent."
God is right here with you, living inside of you, ready to release His Kingdom through you, because "the Kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21).
Every Believer is equipped with an arsenal of incredible life-altering and world-changing power.
For those who rightly esteem the privilege of accessing God's armory of possibilities, each word spoken through or by that person holds enormous, innovative potential and creative power. The Father has entreated each one of us to be involved in a dialogue that marshals angels and sets forth the weaponry of war—weaponry that impacts the spiritual realm and affects how events unfold in the natural world.
SEEKING HIS STRATEGIES
Communicating with God declares your commitment to seek His strategies and care for the objects of His affection.
God's communication with you marks the anticipated change of regime as "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ" (Revelation 11:15).
It shows your intention as a Believer to annihilate barriers and hindrances—those things that divide the army of God into factions and divisions.
Your times of intense prayer will not only affect present circumstances and conditions, it will also give you a future hope. Whatever God births through you in prayer, He is also required to sustain.
It doesn't matter what human beings formulate, plan, and strategize upon the earth, for all of it will ultimately come to nothing. Your heavenly Father is a big God who created a big world for you to do something big in. He is always trying to communicate with you. Prayer is the means by which you engage Him in the affairs of your life and of this world.
SEAMLESS AND ETERNAL COMMUNICATION
Heaven's communication is easily lost here where we live in the massive stream of constant stimuli and static. This is why you must consistently clear your calendar and reconfigure your daily agenda so that you can learn the art of strategic prayer. This will allow you to plumb the depths of the Spirit, to navigate new spiritual terrain, and to conquer old enemies of your soul.
According to Jeremiah 7:13, God is always speaking. Are you listening? Develop within you the "knowing" that you have received the messages sent.
Prayer creates hedges of protection that keep you and your loved ones safe, provides the strategies of Heaven that will give you victory, knits you together with others of like precious faith to form the army of God, and builds within you the strength of character to see the battles through to their victorious end.
STEPPING INTO DESTINY
Will you be one who grabs hold of the strategic concepts of spiritual war to change your city, your state, your nation, and your world?
Like the five virgins who ran out of oil waiting for the bridegroom to come and thus missed the wedding celebration, this call will pass over those who are not filled with the Spirit.
God is waiting for you to step up and become a disciplined leader in His army—a leader who knows how to employ His tactics with precision and unleash His cosmic weapons of mass salvation -- or will you be caught ignorant, unprepared, and lacking?
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY