An Invitation to Prayer

A few weeks ago while I was preparing to do some work at home, the Holy Spirit came upon me and I had a strong compulsion to pray. So, for the rest of the afternoon, I prayed and worshiped God. I felt as if God’s anointing for prayer came upon me.

As a result of this encounter, I was reminded how important God regards prayer. There is real power, or energy that emanates as a result of praying but I think sometimes we may miss the importance of prayer or perhaps we are unaware of the power prayer produces. It is within this (Holy Spirit) power that prayers are answered. When we don’t pray, we disconnect from the power source that can provide the solution to our daily troubles. But praying is also much more than that. Praying is also used to birth God’s will within our own lives, our families, our communities, our cities and nations.

 There is a lot to learn about prayer and a lot to say. But I want to focus on one aspect of prayer that I am currently dealing with and receiving revelation about. That is, prayer for God’s Holy Spirit power to have the ability to dwell within the community that I live.

During Easter weekend of this year, The Holy Spirit prompted me to take a road trip. I took a trip up the coast of California heading north about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. I thought the purpose of the trip was so I could better follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, but since God is often multi-strategical, the trip produced more than that. A few weeks later, during a conversation with another Christian, the realization came to me that what God was also showing me was the condition of the spiritual atmosphere during my trip compared to the spiritual atmosphere of where I am now living in Southern California.

While on my trip, it was very easy to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. I could hear so clearly, it was almost as if the Holy Spirit was sitting next to me in the car. But once I came back to Southern California, there seemed to be interference with my ability to hear.

I liken it to a car radio. While driving away from the city, the reception of the station became fuzzy and at times, I could hear more than one radio station at a time. Sometimes, it was confusing as to which radio station I was actually listening to. But the actual drive produced an opposite effect within the spiritual atmosphere. The further away I got from the city, the easier it was to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. There was less interference within the spiritual atmosphere away from the city.

Suddenly, my understanding was becoming clearer. But I also understood that my revelation was not so that I would stop trying to hear His voice in the mist of the city, but so that I could begin to do something about it.

Prayer can also be used as a spiritual weapon. Remember the power that I mentioned earlier? In warfare, power to defeat the enemy is needed. Throughout history, there have been wars and battle strategy. The successful wars have been defeated by battle strategies that included successful artillery units. The purpose of artillery units was to produce weakness in the enemy strongholds. If the weakness was great enough, then troops could go forth and break through these barriers defeating the enemy. Sometimes, these tactics can get overlooked when reviewing history. But in almost every case, strong artillery was used successfully as part of the plan to defeat the enemy.

A commentator about the civil war had this to say about the use of artillery :

  ..the effectiveness of the artillery often has come into question. What is overlooked is that the purpose of the artillery is not to inflict mayhem, but rather to cause confusion and shock. It is designed to break up formations and to give the enemy officers and troops question about their ability to take a position successfully.[i]

Artillery was not always used to completely stop the enemy rather it was often used to cause confusion for the enemy. Where there was confusion, troops could go in and defeat the enemy using other strategies.

Prayer can be used as a spiritual weapon of warfare. It can be used as artillery to cause confusion for the enemy, where the believer can stand ready to take ground back from the clutches of the enemy and put it back in God’s hands. Prayer can also be used to completely defeat the enemy. But the believer has to be careful, for it is God who is actually defeating the enemy, not us. We just pull the trigger, so to speak. The bible has much to say about prayer and warfare, but I chose the scripture below to illustrate how the two are connected:

Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.

 So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.

 Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people. (Eph 6: 10-18, GOD’S WORD Translation)

As a result of this revelation, my prayers began to change. I am now praying for God’s glory to reign in this region. I am praying that the stronghold of the enemy become weakened by God’s Holy Spirit power and praying that the spiritual atmosphere be cleared so that all of God’s people will begin to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly. I now pray for this specifically when I take walks and while driving. I am also praying for more people to begin to pray over this region. I think all of the little personal problems we deal with will begin to disappear if we understand that it’s God’s glory reigning in our lives and our communities that causes the changes necessary for us to receive the blessings God wants to bestow on us. But more importantly, God will reign and the enemy will be defeated.


[i] Source:  http://schwartz.eng.auburn.edu/ACW/arty/arty.html

A Church with no walls

Once not too long ago, I was praying about the Church and the Lord showed me a vision of what the Church is to look like. In my vision, I was looking down at a church building and observing the activity going on inside. The church building had a roof but I could still see through the roof. However, the church had no walls. I was watching the activities in fast forward motion. People were moving in and moving out, but only 3 or 4 people consistently remained in the building. The people moving in and out were always different people, never the same.

The vision intrigued me. But I admit it took me some time to understand and accept the meaning of the vision. My traditional concept of “church” seemed to get in the way. However, the understanding is becoming clear as time progresses. To explain the concept, let me first summarize local churches and what it currently looks like.

In the western world, there are many local churches in a given neighborhood. The churches look different based on various architectural designs often because of denominational and cultural traditions. But these divisions cut off the Holy Spirit power that is to flow vertically through God’s people. These are walls that divide God’s people.

A couple of years ago, I went for a drive in a small town in the southern part of the United States. It was an old costal town so there were many historical buildings including churches. The churches were beautiful in their design, some Catholic, some Methodist, as well as various other denominations. But when I drove past these churches, I sensed the presence of the demonic as I’ve never experienced before. These demon spirits were sitting on top of the churches and when I drove by, they looked at me with hatred. I can only describe what I felt as being extremely uncomfortable, which of course was intentional on their part. Once I passed the area of the city, the feeling began to subside.

The experience I just described seems extreme, but I mention it for a reason. Our division within the body of Christ whether it is denominational, theological, or cultural, is governed by demonic strongholds. These strongholds block the power of the Holy Spirit from flowing through God’s people as it should. So, the church with no walls represents the divisional barriers coming down. It represents our Holy Spirit connection with God flowing through each of us to the next person and getting God’s mission fulfilled in the earth.

There is a transition taking place in which the walls are being removed. Major transformation is happening within the Church. This transformation must take place in preparation for the end of times transition. Our connection with on another will be vital for many reasons. Those who are resistant to the changes will be left to the worlds devises (See January, 2010, The Great Migration).

In my vision, the people moving in and out represent the churches operating more like a pit stop to full-fill specific needs for the body of Christ. Once the needs are full-filled, people moved on, possibly to the next ‘pit-stop’. There are no longer memberships of churches in which all needs were met by a specific church group. The churches are more representative of the body of Christ in that if a church functions as the hand, then its natural function manifests its spiritual function. Perhaps similar to inter-city churches who provide free meals to the community. Each individual church will begin to understand its Christ bodily function according to how it was designed and the body of Christ as a whole will begin to function as it should (See I Corinthians Chapter 12).

A church with no walls is a goal for the body of Christ. Already, there is evidence and confirmation from God’s prophets as churches are beginning to position themselves through prayer. The hardest part will be in letting go of our traditions and allowing Jesus to establish a new order. May God’s will be established in the earth.