PREPARE FOR BATTLE!
“Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty power of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.”
It’s October! The stores are full of Halloween costume, candy, and decorations. While Halloween can be full of innocent fun, it’s also a holiday that has a history of entertainment in evil ideas. It’s a reminder to us how Satan can make truly sinful and horrible activities appear as fun.
As believers, we know that heaven and hell are real, and we cannot lighten the many spiritual battles we frequently – and will continue to – encounter.
We have to remember to put on our spiritual armor daily. We have to be prepare for his attacks.
The great news, though, is that the battle is not ours, it belongs to God. In Joshua 5:13, before the battle at Jericho, Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua asked him if he was “for us or for our enemies?” He replied, “Neither, but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
We know God is on our side. The question remains for all of us – are we on God’s side?
One of the visions God gave a prayer-partner at the Fresno, CA festival in April 2017 appeared to a different prayer partner in Grand Rapids, MI festival last month. Isn’t that amazing?! In both instances, angels were in high places looking down. Their swords were drawn as a sign of protection for those in attendance.
As one of the team members shared with me, “That’s why the prayer team is the first team established in every festival city as well as the last one to leave.” Prayer is important! Especially when evangelism is at work and Satan is most trying to keeping people from hearing the Good News or choosing Jesus. Remember though, “The Lord is faithful and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
We can be prepared to fight as a marvelous soldier in God’s army as prayer warriors too! Just as soldiers are trained to keep their equipment in battle-ready condition, we too must do the same as we diligently prepare for battle against our spiritual enemy.
As Ephesians 6:10-18 tell us, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms! So put on the full armor of God, using our breastplate of righteousness with the shield of faith to protect our hearts from Satan’s flaming arrows of temptation!
Stay grounded to stand firm with the belt of truth to recognize his lies. Our feet must be fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Have God’s knowledge, using the helmet of salvation, to protect our minds from doubt! Keep our swords sharp by knowing and being in God’s Word, which has the power of Jesus to cause Satan to flee in terror!
Praise God we are assured victory in Jesus! He gives us the power to defeat Satan by the Holy Spirit in us! Yet while we live in a fallen world, we know spiritual warfare is real and serious business! We must continue to engage in the struggle as Satan will continue to battle against all who are on the Lord’s side. So keep on praying, prayer warriors! Pray in the Spirit for all Palau events and occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests (check them out in detail below) and pray with us on October 23 (again, details below)!
Be alert and keep on praying for all the saints… Luis, Andrew, Kevin and the entire Palau team!
Protected and praying with you in the power of Jesus’ name,
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—
guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
2 Timothy 1:14
REGIONAL PRAYER REPORTS
Please open and pray for the people and events represented:
Africa | Abidjan Pastor’s Conference Oct 17-18 | Report
Asia | Open doors and hearts to China and Pakistan | Report
North America | Future CityFest Possibilities | Report
Europe | Andrew, Wendy and Kevin just back from UK Cities Tours | Report
Central & South America | NGA Tijuana Festival and Argentina Festival with Andrew quickly approaching | Report
Caribbean | NGA outreach November 6-12 in the Dominican Republic | Report
JOIN US OCTOBER 23
Are you prepared to do spiritual battle? Join us as we pray for Luis and LPA! Our one-hour national quarterly conference prayer call is Tuesday, October 23 at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 2 p.m. Mountain time, 3 p.m. Central time and 4 p.m. Eastern time.
Calling in is easy.
Simply call 712-832-8330. You will be prompted to enter an access code. The access code is: 8750743. Press # after entering the access code. You will be prompted to enter an audio pin for the call, so simply press # again at this prompt.
If you are calling from a phone with a "mute" button, please mute your phone when you are not audibly participating to avoid any background noise or distractions.
Also, great news: Andrew & Kevin are able to join us for the conference prayer call.
Please forward this email to your praying friends and invite them to join us. They can sign up at www.nationalprayerteam.org to receive future emails and prayer requests. If it helps, print out the requests and keep them in a spot where you’ll remember to pray. (It helps me!)
Thank you for joining us in prayer! I pray you are armored up and ready for spiritual battle! Keep on praying!
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”