May 30, 2017: The Battle Gets Bloody

May 30, 2017: The Battle Gets Bloody

Daniel 10:12-14 (NIV)

12  Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

13  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

14  Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

The intercession activity was extremely high in the homes of many of those who belonged to the Scarred One.  The Persian Prince had arrived and none too soon.  He was now about to undertake his strategy that had worked well for thousands of years.

As the small storefront church was praying the Persian found a way into their prayer session.

“Father, we ask that you restrain the power of the enemy.  We pray for an awareness of sin to be strong among those you are calling to yourself.” Pastor Henry offered his request.

“Who do you think you are to ask such things of a God you have never seen?” came the voice of suggestion to Pastor Henry. “Look at all the things you have thought lately. Do you think this God of yours even cares about what happens here in this little insignificant town?  If he really cared about you why did he let what happen to you so many years ago.  Why has he kept you working as a janitor at the Library with all the degrees you have?  How can you even trust this God who lets such things happen?”

Henry was caught unaware of what just took place. “Yes, I guess that is true. Perhaps I have just convinced myself this Christian faith is true because I so wanted to believe it.  I see so many of my colleagues getting promoted in their field of study and here I am stuck here as a janitor pastoring this small weak church.  I am not even thought much of on campus.  All that work in physics years ago and all those academic achievements have served only to lead me to more and more depression.”

“Well, Church let us stop for the night.  We have spent enough time in intercession for one night. After all, we know of many churches that hardly have more than five minutes of intercession and we are at least giving ourselves to an hour or more each week.”

It is time to go home and get some sleep because many of us have to work tomorrow.”  With that, Pastor Henry brought the prayer meeting to an end and the church quietly exited to their own homes.

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