Intercession is a tremendous weapon of spiritual warfare. It changes atmospheres and circumstances, and it causes breakthroughs. Anytime we have a weapon of mass destruction the enemy will try and steal it in order to use it for his purposes. We can get so busy doing that we forget what just being feels like. Let’s not ritualize something born from Holy Spirit, but let’s not trivialize it either.
When I was called into the office, I shared the sentiment that I was communing with God my way and did not care to look proper while doing so. After that, I was left alone to worship God the way my heart desired to. The Pharisees and Sadducees were no different. There was ritual and rule to the way they worshiped God, but it was not based on intimacy or truth. It was based on what they were taught. Each person has their unique way of worshipping the Lord, and when we fear judgment choosing to look like everyone else, it reveals that we place other’s opinions on the throne where God should be sitting.
It’s Friday again, and I’m making my bed, and I hear the words “act like you’re going until you hear otherwise.” It was another paradigm shift for me! I went on my usual morning prayer walk, but this time my confidence went up, and it felt like my whole being was involved in praying. It was something that is even hard to describe. It was not just my mind and emotions; it involved my whole being.
When we come to God with our brokenness, we are open to instruction. There is humility and earnestness in the unmaking of what we are and who we thought we would be. There is a shift in perspective, and tenderness by which we are nurtured and cared for. This is true even today when we face the shattering of our dreams in the now; we can be assured that the sacrifice of handing them over holds purpose. The shattering and the breaking are the labor pains of what is to come forth. It’s the death of a season for a new harvest. It is allowing the tears of today to water the seed of tomorrow. This is the beauty of broken.
Hagar could do the hard thing of going back because she knew she wasn’t alone. And neither are you. Have you ever had to do hard things and felt alone? Wrestled the feelings that God must not see what happening to me, or he’d fix it? I’d like to encourage you today that Hagar was strengthened through knowing she was seen via a conversation.
So much more is done than can even be mentioned here, but it’s important to note that Jesus is the Great Shepherd and it is He that is infallible. The trouble lies when we expect our Pastors to be infallible, and when they make a mistake, we judge them harshly. Jesus is the Shepherd that will never let us down, forsake us, or wound us. Pastors must lead us to the pastures where the Holy Spirit is found, preach His message and show us where the Spring of Living water is. It is our job to eat the bread and drink the water.