Behold, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19).
These are exciting as well as turbulent times. God is sending His “winds of change” to align people and nations in His timing but the enemy is sending “winds of division and diversion” in order to disrupt God’s alignments and divine timing in nations and people’s lives.
If we focus on the negativity currently being unleashed through media and conversations with people who are frightened or angry, we can be seduced by the temptation to respond in similar fashion. The nations of the earth are in turmoil; daily we witness violence, injustice, perversion and corruption. When it appears that hell is manifesting on earth, it is understandable that we feel angry or hopeless.
However, it is not only possible to take a different view of the events of the world around us—it is the Holy Spirit’s call to us; His mandate to us. Just as John on Patmos heard a voice say “Come up here!”, if we are listening we hear the same ringing call. We have a responsibility to ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh revelation of the heart of Jesus in this hour, so we can pray effectively “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.”
At this time, the West is filled with angry Christians. Many of us are sorely grieved and appalled by the growing wickedness flagrantly displayed—even promoted and commended—in our culture. We must never back down from proclaiming righteousness and holiness based on the truth of God’s Word. We must also guard against reacting from our own opinions or prejudices, remembering the wise counsel of James:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires….Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 1:19-20; 3:18).
Our responsibility as the people of God is to turn anger into intercession. We most effectively resist the filth of this world by worshipping the Lord’s holiness, beauty and might, and by releasing prayers for redemption and mercy to be poured out on men and women. We cry out, like the prophet Habakkuk:
ADONAI, I have heard the report about you.
ADONAI, I am awed by your deeds.
Bring your work to life in our own age,
make it known in our own time;
but in anger, remember compassion. (Habakkuk 3:2)
By positioning ourselves to pray this way, we align ourselves with the heart of our gracious Father, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Our posture is not pacifism; it is not foolish naivety, it is not making light of sin. It is aggressive peacemaking through intercession. In this world, individuals who change society and affect history are the people who don’t just impotently rage against injustice, but they take responsibility for what is wrong and work for change. Intercession is taking responsibility! We are misaligned when we fight and strive with each other, rather than boldly entering the true battle, which is against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
We are part of a kingdom—a Government—which is higher than any earthly regime. Our voice and position of agreement has authority and when God’s people agree together on a matter it brings heaven to earth.
Now is the time to hear the decrees and executive orders from God and declare them with authority, in agreement and alignment with the will of God. It is time for portals to open from heaven to earth. The Government of God reigns supreme and as His subjects, in unity with the Godhead, we decree our agreement and vote for His will. It is time to create alignment in the spirit that breaks the ranks of every demonic plan that stands against the will of God.
The very heart of “Come Up Here” prayer is to pray from the Lord’s perspective in order to see His will and plans manifested on earth, finding expression in people’s lives throughout the nations, so righteousness, justice and mercy can prevail.
We pray that every plan of the enemy to disrupt God’s will be thwarted, revealed, and blown back on his own camp. Declare today that a “cease and desist” order will issue from the courts of Heaven to stop all division and diversion. The Church of Jesus Christ will continue to grow in wisdom and be given abundant release—through the power of His might and love and grace—to be strong and do exploits.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20).
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