Day 19: Praying for a Spiritual Shift in Churches
God increases angelic activity and spiritual victory over a region when we fast and pray. Daniel 10 reveals that reality. Victory is accessible to everyone. Jesus, the Son of Man, conquered the grave. He died once for all. He rose from the dead. The same power that rose Jesus from the grave is inside those who believe! The New Testament is full of accounts of angels helping believers. God wants to shift families toward His presence and promises. Let's pray for a readiness for the change God is bringing.
When we set our eyes on Jesus Christ and ask Him what to do, He responds by His Holy Spirit. We all need to tune our ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Lord saved the Israelites by intervening supernaturally after they cried out to Him and agreed to His battle plan. King Jehoshaphat trusted God and sent men at the head of the army to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendour of His holiness. The Lord was the one who set ambushes against the enemy and brought them victory, because they trusted and obeyed Him. God makes a way when we shift our attention His way.
"Then he [the angel] continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia" (Daniel 10:12-13).
"So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. 'Quick, get up!' he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists. . . . They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it" (Acts 12:5-7, 10).
"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops" (James 5: 13-18).
Cry out to God. Ask Him to search your heart. Humble yourself and tell Him that you believe His Word and believe that He wants to release angels. Ask for understanding. Repent of areas in your heart where you have stopped believing God's use of angels to help people. Confess your sins and believe that God hears your prayers. Increase your faith and vision for the things you are asking God for. Ask Abba Father to show you how He wants to bring you victory in your circumstance, His way. Ask Him to release angels in your home. BELIEVE!!
Cry out to God. Praise Him for His mercy and faithfulness. Thank Him for His kindness and grace. Ask Him to lead believers to humble themselves and pray. Ask Abba Father to release angelic activity to strengthen people with the hope of Jesus. Ask Him for the restoration of marriages through the victory of the cross. Pray for the fire of the Holy Spirit to purify and refine hearts. Ask for the Life, Truth, and Ways of Jesus to be released in churches in our land. Ask Him to SHIFT churches toward the love of Jesus Christ. Declare the Word of the Lord and lift up our spiritual leaders in prayer.
Awakening to Action, shifting history toward Christ.