Monday, January 26, 2015

Strategic Intercession that Wins the Battle

Prayer is a powerful and effective element in any situation. General George S. Patton was known to be a man that believed in calling on the power of Almighty God, both in his personal life as well as on the battlefield. 

You may have heard the story of the infamous Third Army Prayer that was used on December 8th, 1944 in the battle of Bastogne. Patton understood that there was a need to ask for God's assistance to change the weather element in their favor so that the troops could advance against the German army. And so, he called for a man that could locate such a prayer. Msgr. James H. O'Neill. Msgr. O'Neill, however, could not locate the exact type of prayer needed for the situation at hand, and so he wrote one himself. What a brilliant, yet simple prayer. It is obvious that God himself guided Patton's thoughts and request, as well as the words penned by this instrument of warfare (O'Neill). God used O'Neill's thoughts and prayer to become a weapon in His hand for the need at hand. This is the power of God at work in human affairs to bring about the turn of events that allowed our troops to send in much-needed food, supplies and weaponry to ground forces. The deadlock between the two sides was broken and the official end of the Battle of Bastogne occurred several weeks later. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastogne).

Msgr. O'Neill's account of the story is thought provoking and inspiring, to say the least. Read it the full account here: http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html

I dare say that if the power of prayer was brought back into our military forces as it was in Patton's day, there would not be many of the situations confronting our nation today. Patton didn't mess around. Neither should we. Warfare, whether spiritual or natural, still creates casualties and takes prisoners of war. The enemy is not intimidated by those who rely on their own strength and natural wisdom for he knows that spiritually they cannot discern what comes from the Prince of the power of the air. In which case, they are certainly defeated even before they begin to fight.

The only thing that creates fear and intimidation in an enemy is to call on power that is greater than ourselves. That is why we see ISIS or ISIL, constantly turning to the power of prayer. They call on their god, and their invocations release the power of evil to help them gain the upper hand against their enemies. It is the power of our prayers that will ultimately convince our enemies, and when a show of force is demonstrated, which God is superior. Is it any wonder that Christians are persecuted more and more - an attempt to silence the voice of our prayers -  when there is an agenda of forced conversion to the Muslim faith? Is it a light thing to have history re-written before our eyes and Christianity removed from our schools, while our children are introduced more and more to the Muslim faith? Is it any coincidence that a Muslim driven agenda has made room for Sharia law in our nation?  

Regardless of the type of battle you face, please do not leave it to chance. If you cannot see or discern what the enemy is doing in secret, then you must enlist those that can see into the Spirit. If you cannot determine what the enemy is doing to set ambushes against you, then you need to call out to God to show you the secret things. If you need a prayer to turn the tide of your situation, then call out to God to tell you things you do not know and help you pray exactly what will turn the battle in your favor. But, no matter what you do, I pray that you enlist the power of your benevolent Creator that knows all things from the end to the beginning. He has already written a plan for victory into the situation but if you don't seek Him, you will never know what it is! You must simply call to Him and ask for it. He knows how to give wisdom that outwits the enemy!

The question begs to be asked, "Are we, as a nation of people, equally committed to calling on the name of Jesus Christ to intervene on our behalf? When we turn to Christ and direct our prayers to our Almighty Father for His intervention in every circumstance, that is what wins the battle. It is not to leave the battles to chance, but to incorporate our very best strategies, efforts and the invitation for God Himself to turn the battles in our favor. 

"Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets of things which you do not know about things to come." Jeremiah 33:3

"...Call on me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you, and you will honor Me." Ps. 50:15

"The king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God had told him, thus he warned him, so that he guarded himself there more than once or twice. Now the heart of the king of Aram was enraged at this thing; and he called his servants and he said to them, 'Will you tell me which of us is for the king of Israel?' One of his servants said, 'No, my king, but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.'" 2 Kings 6:10-12.


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Strategic Warfare that Turns the Battle.

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