We are not Islands, untouched by the wickedness of the Powers and Principalities that promote this final war that is drawing all nations to Idlib, Syria. Who knew?
From the most ancient of days, the Almighty knew, and foretold of the events that are happening in the unknown Syrian city near the boarder of Turkey. Daily we hear of prophecy either being fulfilled or of events being perfectly set up for fulfillment of prophecy. It moves faster then the lava from the Hawaiian volcano. What should we who believe do?
Colossians 4 #NTin2018
If you are a believer, then you are a brotherhood, a band of warriors under a heavenly Master (Col 4:1). Warriors fight, we are not here to run and hide, that is what our enemies will do (Rev. 6:16). We fight, we stand, united, not under denominational unity, but under our Messiah. Pray for your pastor, pray for each other too.
Devote yourself to prayer. (Colossians 4:2a) Our unity as a band of believers, as valiant warriors, comes in prayer. Here is what Paul, who fought to a wicked death in Rome, instructs us on the topic of prayer in Colossians chapter 4.
- keep alert… (Colossians 4:2b) The days of falling asleep while praying may be past. Even so, it would be better to fall asleep praying then to fall asleep watching TV. Yet, Y’shua himself pleads with His followers, stay awake! (Matthew 26:40)
- have an attitude of thanksgiving… (Colossians 4:2c) Scripture is filled with the call for us to be thankful in all things and for all things. When we are not feeling it, then we have the powerful option of offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving. (Psalm 116:17)
- Pray for “divine appointments”…. specifically, Paul asks us to pray for an open door to speak the mystery of the word of Christ. (Colossians 4:3) This is what I want you to pray for me, it is what I will pray for you if you ask me to.
- Pray that we make “The Way” clear… (Colossians 4:4) Personally, I know that I can be confusing when I speak. I pray for the words I speak to be God’s words, and that what I say is pleasing to the Almighty, as well as praying that those who hear will hear with understanding.
Finally, Paul encourages us to “make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:5) I would personally add a request that I would be alert to opportunities. Am I the only one who finds herself deep into a book or a bible study, when the Almighty sends a soul who needs Jesus, and I am reluctant to stop what I was doing? At those moments I can ooze an attitude that says, “Go away” even if I never say it with my mouth. In those moments, the Almighty is always gracious to me. Paul reminds me to show that same lovingkindness (Grace) to those He sent to me for a divine appointment. (Colossians 4:6)
The last word to the Colossians about the prayer of warriors is, labor in prayer for each other to stand perfect and for full assurance that we are in YHVH’s will, not our own. It is time to wake up. This army does not fight with an AK or a 9mm. Our weapons are not of this world, they are far more powerful then guns and bombs that can only take away physical life. (refresh yourself on our weapons, read 2 Corinthians 10:4 in context)
Are you ready? Put on your uniform (Ephesians 6:10-20) and let us encourage One-another!
Debs …on a beautiful day in Everett, WA, so far away from Idlib, but kneeling in prayer for the Christians who are on the front line, once under the protection of Assad, now dependent on our Almighty God…. those of whom the world is not worthy.