Between Two Stances: Shaky Legs or Firm Footing?

Kneeling Prayer

Time and again in the New Testament Jesus speaks of Father’s passion, “’It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be a house of prayer . . . .’” Luke 19:46.

In their book, Experiencing God , Blackaby and King write, “The greatest untapped resource that I know of is the united prayer of God’s people.”

How much are we putting into practice and how deep is our belief in the promise of James 5:16?

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

Powerful and effective . . . guaranteed.  Are our churches houses of prayer?

In Jeremiah 33:3 Father gives an astounding promise, “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”

In my ministry as a prophetic intercessor,  I have seen time and again the contrast between two stances and beliefs found in Isaiah 7:9 and 9:7.

  • Shaky legs . . . Isaiah 7:9, “‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
  • Firm footing . . . Isaiah 9:7, “The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks, “‘However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’”

Will Jesus find his people praying in faith and believing when he returns or will he find his people with shaky legs?

 

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Embracing His Promises

What I used to believe in my head, I now firmly know in my heart–Jesus is more than able to bring our enemies and strongholds to their knees so they fall, yet we rise up and stand firm (Psalm 20:6-8).

I have had both the privilege and the heartache of experiencing the victories and defeats that are a part of ministry life.  In those times, God has both comforted me deeply and strongly challenged me as to whether or not I believed His words in Isaiah 46:11:

“What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.”

While never wavering from testing everything (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21), we need to be willing to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and to embrace his promise that He will not let us be disgraced or put to shame (Isaiah 50:7).

Kids: They’re Already Ready

Are we empowering our kids as mighty servants and ministers of the King now or is that a future thing?

I grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia.  As a young child, my parents taught me to serve, to minister to those around me, and I was thrust into the crosshairs of intense spiritual warfare.

I have worked in KidMin in various capacities throughout the U.S. and the world (volunteer, Christian school teacher, and vocation) for the past twenty years.  Through these experiences, I have become thoroughly convinced that “they’re already ready” – to serve, to minister, to engage in spiritual warfare, and to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).

Ready to Serve

Serving in our church children’s ministry for 4 1/2 years, I provided the staff support for our 5th and 6th Grade ministry – a service-based pre-youth group experience based on Acts 1:8.  Our students had opportunities to serve in our children’s ministry, our church, our city, and through Operation Christmas Child and Kids Against Hunger.

Again and again, these 5th and 6th Graders rose to the challenge – serving with joy, purpose, and maturity.  Over and over I saw their hunger to make a real difference in their world, so much so that they inspired the adults who served as their small group leaders.

Our kids are Already Ready to serve.

Ready to Minister

I taught 3rd Grade at a Christian school this year.  One of my student’s father was diagnosed with a fast-acting cancer.  Over the year as she would share updates with us, I saw my class of eight and nine year olds effectively minister to her and to each other.

As we discussed the realities of life, death, suffering, and God’s answers to our prayers; I saw my students process, understand, and apply the concepts we conversed about.  I saw them minister with compassionate honesty, genuine comfort, and biblical wisdom & maturity. Time and again during our Bible time, they would gather around, placing their hands on her, ready to comfort and intercede for her.

Our kids are Already Ready to minister.

Ready to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

For two years, I led a week long children’s ministry outreach in conjunction with a ministry my church partners with in Asia.  Having grown up in Indonesia, I know firsthand the level of spiritual warfare these children are already dealing with in their youth.

During one outreach, I shared the testimony of my experience with spirtual warfare and oppression with this group of children whose ages spanned from two to fifteen years old.  I will always remember the look of understanding and connection I saw in their eyes.

Children worldwide are dealing with spiritual warfare and are in dire need of knowing the principles of how to effectively deal with spiritual warfare.

Our kids are Already Ready to engage in spiritual warfare.

Ready to Set an Example

In every setting I have engaged in KidMin – camps, Christian schools, churches, mission trips – I have seen kids who are ready to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).  They only need to be esteemed, empowered, and equipped to do so.

They’re Already Ready . . .

What are we doing to enable them to soar?

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