Independence and Intercession

Deployment: Part 1

I love the Fourth of July. I love cooking out, splashing in the pool with friends, and watching fireworks. Patriotic music and the red, white, and blue give me a lump in my throat.

Though we celebrate our independence, we celebrate somewhat in ignorance. Most of us have never been without it. We’ve had  life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness since birth.

But it didn’t happen by accident.

Books like David McCullough’s 1776 and Peter Marshall’s The Light and the Glory point to God’s help in the establishment of our nation and in the winning of her freedom.

There was more than just a physical battle for our nation then. There was a spiritual one. And, make no mistake, a spiritual battle is being fought for her today. The warfare section of Ephesians 6 finishes with “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV) “All the saints” includes a great many men and women in service.

As we celebrate the Fourth this week, please consider praying for our military. If you don’t have friends or family who serve, I’ll gladly take your prayers for mine who deploys soon.

Here’s a few items to get you started. For the one serving, especially if deployed: a cleaving to God, protection, discernment, wise leadership, a safe return, minimal boredom and homesickness, victory. For those at home: light hearts, busy hands, peaceful minds, and a spirit focused on God.

As you enjoy your Fourth, intercede for your brothers and sisters in uniform. Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.

Workout of the Week: Independence and Intercession

Memory Verse: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Meditation Passage: Psalm 51

Just Do It: Pray for our military.

Tweetables:

As you enjoy your 4th, pray for your brothers and sisters in uniform. Click to tweet.

Prayer: Hurry Up and Wait

Prayer: Hurry Up and Wait

Silence.

Crickets.

Dead air.

When it comes to prayer, have you ever prayed and then—nothing?

I hate that.

I dread the battle that’s coming between flesh and spirit. My spirit is willing, but my flesh is not. My flesh wants to:

  • Run ahead of God.
  • Take the bull by the horns.
  • Say yes in spite of a full schedule.
  • Follow common sense, logic, and reason.
  • Do what looks good.

My spirit wants to:

  • Wait for a word from God.
  • Let the opportunity go if no word comes.
  • Be still.

So, who will win this tug of war? Flesh or spirit?

It’s a moment-by-moment battle, but here are some tips from prior contests due to unanswered prayer (at least at that moment):

  • God knows what’s ahead. I don’t have a clue.
  • Running ahead of God always gets me in trouble.
  • God doesn’t always make sense, but He does know what’s best.
  • Often, good must be released to make room for best.
  • An absence of peace means Stop!

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) reads, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When a word hasn’t come, but the deadline has, let the presence—or absence—of His peace be the guide. It will stand guard over our hearts and our minds.

No worry.

No racing pulse.

No sleepless nights.

Simply peace.

Questions:

How’s your battle?

Who’s winning? Flesh? Or spirit?

How’s that working?

Tweetables:

My spirit is willing, but my flesh is not. Click to tweet.

Running ahead of God always gets me in trouble. Click to tweet.

Often, good must be released to make room for best. Click to tweet.

An absence of peace means Stop! Click to tweet.