Hubby and I have been visiting a new church since May of this year. A new series began today: This Is How We Conquer. We haven’t had a single visit at The Assembly in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that has been without a powerful message, including the music. Today we were ask what was our special need from God: sickness and a need for healing, finances, joblessness or a marriage in trouble? At this time in my life, I am blessed and grateful to have none of those three weighing on me and my family today. My mind immediately went to this country, and the one word that expressed that weight, was Obama. The second word was Congress.
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 1
11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
The next question: did Joshua win by the sword or did Moses win for Joshua with hands raised to God in prayer?
The answer: As we pray, the Supernatural (God) empowers the Natural (Joshua).
Moses showed us how we conquer.
This is the answer for our Nation as we near November elections: The Natural (you and I) must raise our priority and intensity of our prayer. With arms up, even though we tire, even though we have prayed so many times for the same things, understanding that God hears us each and every time, we must resist the temptation to let our prayer become irrelevant.
Pastor Ron Woods was asking us to increase our prayers, to lift our hands as we pray, as did Moses, in the privacy of our homes (and as is often done in this sanctuary), to be passionate and intense in explaining our need, and when we tire, as Moses did – when he could no longer hold his hands up, others stepped in to help – so must we step-up and step-in.
While I pray for Congress and other leaders on a regular basis, I can see the need for more intensity. To pray that every elected official looks to the U.S. Constitution, with a focus on fixing what we have already destroyed. To pray for voters, that they come to understand what the Founder’s vision was when they gave us a true Republic, and the danger in continuing on the current path to Socialism, Marxism and Fascism. I can hope for prayers winging upward asking that voters recognize that not one single country trodding that dreadful Socialism, Marxism, Fascism road has ever been a blessing to it’s citizens. To pray that voters will pay attention to Congressional races – so very important to what happens next, no matter who is in the Oval Office – direct prayers that control of the US Senate will change. Prayer that every voter will think deeply about why this nation has been blessed as no other on earth, at any time in known history. This how we conquer – with prayers to heal our Nation through the Natural (us).
It is the lack of “knowing,” as opposed to “feeling,” that has put us where we are today. I’m not blaming Obama for everything, but I am blaming him for everything he has done during his time in office. He has done nothing that furthers America as a force for good. Congress has not forced him or themselves to do their duty, to fulfill their oath of office. We are guided as a country by a Constitution that tells us how to stay on track, but if we continue to ignore, regulate and pervert all that is lawful out of existence, there will be no turning back.
I want to say, that when Pastor Woods asked his question, my first thought about ‘need’ was for this country, but I left with my thoughts and prayers focused on those hurting in so many personal ways: sadness, catastrophic illness, anger, a lack of being loved, financially drowning, grief for a lost loved one – I didn’t get back to politics until I reached home and sat down at the computer. (That’s my disclaimer:-) (And another disclaimer – please do not blame Pastor Woods if you don’t agree with me or are angry at my interpretation – because it is my interpretation.)
The Supernatural empowers the Natural. As you have heard me say time and time again, my favorite Christian blogger is Carl Middleton, and his wife Peggy, his earthly muse. He writes a weekly blog, usually posted on Saturday. His humility humbles me, his knowledge inspires me, his kindness awes me. Today he is writing about “spooks.” Are you smiling? Knowing that I was going to talk about the Supernatural (God, the Father) and saw that Carl was discussing the “spiritual realm,” both demons and Angels, I thought it a perfect fit. Here is Carl’s article Spooks at GODS ANSWERS is alway Jesus.