Psalm 37:5-6 NIV “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
I was quite surprised when the Lord gave me this verse as the focus for this week’s light prayer. I already used this one about a month ago. I wondered if I was just to reprint the previous one, but God said there was a different focus.
Here is the back story. I am doing some field work this week. The jumping off point is a small Giver village in a Servant region. We just returned from some time on a strategic hillside. Our team had been aware of the spiritual issues in this community for a year and a half. We waited until it was the right time, then moved swiftly to be in place. Yesterday we strategized a way forward and put an international offsite prayer team in place.
Today we went to the location emotionally prepared for a rigorous engagement but the enemy withdrew without a fuss. We were able to then deal with the spiritual structure God wanted restored.
I came back to our staging area a bit mystified. It shouldn’t have been so easy. We thought there were some complex dynamics and some high stakes involved.
I asked the Lord whether we had misread the enemy stronghold or the value of the land and He assured me that we had not. I asked what happened and He took me to the demons who said “Jesus I know and Paul I know, but you don’t have even remotely enough street cred for me to give you the time of day.” (Burk’s free flowing paraphrase).
In other words, our team’s reputation preceded us here and the enemy conceded the land without a fight. And THAT is a paradigm shift.
A year ago during this season, I was engaged in a prolonged, messy battle. On repeated occasions, I engaged one particular demon in the same person. That demon did not respect me and told me to my face repeatedly over the course of three months that I simply was not going to win no matter what I did.
And, after two months of repeated engagements, resulting in traumatic manifestations for the individual seeking help, I was beginning to doubt myself quite a bit. In the end, it did leave, but that victory certainly didn’t go to my head. If anything it demoralized me.
Apparently that experience was akin to the Hebrews having to make bricks without straw. The intense physical demands were God’s gym to prep them for the rigorous environment of the desert. Similarly, the seemingly relentless spiritual warfare I have been involved in during the last year was designed to grow both my real-time authority and my street cred in the spiritual realm.
I feel that is the focus for this prayer for this week. God wants to increase my reputation for both authority (legal encounters) and power (direct confrontation) in the demonic realm.
I have more work to do here in the next 18 hours, then I am on to three more locations during the week before returning home. I will be working with two more teams in the different locations.
If I am hearing correctly, God desires a significant intimidation factor to be in place before I arrive. It is like the fame Joshua had even before he took down Jericho. Engaging an intimidated enemy has a significantly different dynamic to it than facing one that is arrogantly sure of their superiority.
I find it nearly impossible to ask for any fame for myself in any circles. But I can come into agreement with God that His will be done in the spiritual realms here on earth as it is in heaven. However He wants me to be seen by the dark side is what I desire.
So I invite you to join me in praying that the justice of my cause (setting the prisoners free) would shine as brightly in the realms of darkness as the King desires. Much is at stake in these varied encounters in some dark patches here on earth.
Copyright May 2014 by Arthur Burk
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