Romans 13:11-14 – “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” NASU
One of the Great Intercessors of the Bible was Abraham. He stood between God and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah interceding. He sought for their healing and restoration going from the presence of 50 righteous to 10 and God agreed. That should powerfully reveal the heart of God to Heal, Restore, and Forgive. Why did Abraham stop at 10? Why not ask for 5? I don’t know but I would suggest that we should NEVER STOP interceding and should not stop until God says NO! Do not quit. Stand in the Gap. Persevere. Fight to Win.
In Luke 11 the first four verses deal with what is known as the Lord’s Prayer but the remaining verses are in the context of prayer. That’s the message as seen in (vv.9-13) – Ask and keep on asking. Do not enter the War just trying, press in with determination and refuse to quit. You are in this to win not to simply make things a little better. Don’t knock on the door three times and give up, BEAT THE DOOR DOWN!
The devil knows if you come to the battle without understanding, you are more easily defeated. In that situation, he will use whatever tactic he can to discourage you or delay the answer to cause you to give up. When you put on the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD you are putting on the Name of Jesus. Make no provisions for the flesh. When you do that, the devil knows you mean business and he takes note. If you walk around with the armor on like a football player wearing pads but without being willing to get into the trenches the devil knows. If you are only in this for what you can get out of it, he knows and does not fear you. Be ready always and be prepared to stand to the last breath and fight to the finish!
God is looking for someone who will stand in the Gap [Ezekiel 22:30]. God is looking for intercessors to stand against the devices and schemes of the devil. We may stand against graft and greed in the prophets of materialism, the unholy priests fulfilling their own lusts, and unprincipled rulers in the land. We may have to stand against lawlessness in the people but if we will STAND IN THE GAP determined to fight to the finish God will move.
If we rightly discern the times we will KNOW the hour, CAST OFF the works of darkness, PUT ON the Armor of Light, WALK in righteousness, and become ONE with Jesus. This is our time to WIN! This is serious and the warfare is real. Hell, is raging and the devil wants to destroy you, your church, your family, your community, and your nation. It is time for us to PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD and engage in Spiritual Warfare following our Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ the Righteous. He will tell us WHEN to go and WHEN to stop! Our assignment is not the enemy our job is to OBEY GOD! Resist the devil until he flees!
God, bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!