After the attacks on Paris, we prayed for Paris. We should continue to do so. There were also numerous attacks in different African countries like Kenya, and we should continue to pray for them. Now we have the attacks in Brussels, Belgium. We definitely should pray for them as well. We also have utter devastation occurring in the Middle East and they too need our prayers. Let’s face it, we must be praying for the entire world as part of our Christian responsibilities. If we don’t pray proactively, we could run out of hashtags trying to show our support for each individual crisis of terror.
The battle involves more than what you see.
Let us be proactive and do what we are commissioned to do…Spread the Good News and the love of Christ. Let us do what all Christian believers have been equipped to do…Pray. There is more to this battle than just a hatred against “the West”. Christian believers past and present are no stranger to enemy attacks. In the Bible, this is what Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 11:
Matthew 11:12 —And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it. (NLT)
We know there is an ongoing spiritual battle between good and evil. Our enemy is not a people or even a religion, but rather the spiritual forces of evil at work. Christians must proactively stand against evil. The natural man wants to fight others in the natural; however, those led by the Holy Spirit must begin to fight in the spirit. This is what Paul wrote in his letter to believers in Ephesus:
Ephesians 6:10-12 — A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (NLT)
How did we get here?
It’s a long story, but the simple answer is sin, generation after generation of sin. We have a fallen world where people can do wrong and strongly believe it is right. This perverse thinking can have deadly consequences in this world and unmeasurable consequences for eternity as well.
Romans 1:21 — Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. (NLT)
The dark and confused mind is a mind susceptible to radical messages. Most recently, it just happens that the radical messaging is coming from those calling for jihad.
We have a spiritual license to carry…love.
We’ve got God’s arsenal at our disposal. Christians are armed with the truth of a loving God who never stopped pursuing us. We carry the message of the God who gives of himself for us, and who also placed himself (Holy Spirit) inside every believer in Christ. He manifests his presence and power through us to overcome darkness with light, and overcome hate with love.
John 3:16 — For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (NLT)
Acts 2:38-29 — Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (NIV)
2 Corinthians 10:4 — We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (NLT)
We’ve got this!
God has equipped his people with spiritual power and authority, but unfortunately there are some doctrines being taught that would lead us to believe that we are powerless and the Bible is a just a book that has some good stuff in it. Oh well, read it when you can and do your best to limp along through life until you die. What? That’s not how God has called us to be if we are believers in Christ.
Luke 10:19 — Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. (NLT)
This is not talking about a fear of snakes and scorpions. This is symbolizing evil in various forms. You have authority over evil, all of it’s forms, and all of the schemes of the enemy. You can walk through the enemy attacks in victory without being hindered – when you walk in alignment with God and exercise His power in your life.
We make a positive difference in this world.
Did you know that we have the ability to bring about a miraculous change in this world? We can bring about healing and restoration.
2 Chronicles 7:14 — Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (NLT)
What land can we see restored (or healed)? We can see this change wherever there are Christians willing to take action and willing to pray. The land, that is the world, was given to us to manage. Let’s unite in faith globally, in supernatural power and authority to pray for the entire world. This kind of praying isn’t just for a special Sunday. It is an everyday prayer that also includes praying for those in positions of authority in all the countries around the world, even those we consider enemies.
Get out your maps, globes, or geography-based phone apps and start praying.