To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: . . . A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8)Now is a time for prayer and spiritual warfare. Do you have what it takes? If you feel like you’ve been beaten and worn down, you probably do. In the 1976 movie, Network, the character Howard Beale, a news anchor, has reached his limits. Driven to the breaking point by his own frustration and torments, he protests during an evening newscast. He begins by outlining all the things that people already know are bad, “It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, . . .” Then he commands a vocal demonstration of audience rebellion:
“All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, …dammit!* My life has value!” So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”
[* WARNING: There are curse words in this clip. – Proverbs 8:13]Whether you watch this clip or not, the significance of it is that we must rise up and voice our God-ordained rights. We must become sick and tired enough of being sick or tired that we do something. The Apostle Paul says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), so our hatred and warfare must be aimed at the spirit perpetrators of evil. Spiritual warfare! Yes, if you are a Christian, the time has arrived for you to get out of your padded pew and make a difference in the heavenlies. We must, together, get mad about the sickness, poverty, and hurts that plague us and our loved ones. And we cannot be self-righteous about it. There will probably be a need of repentance first; but rise we must. We need to exercise our blood-bought authority over the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). One of my favorite little handbooks for declarations and spiritual warfare is Prayers That Rout Demons [Aff] by prophet John Eckhardt. Check out his series of small handbooks and choose one that addresses your need. You can be guided on a regular basis to plug into the power source. While the book is highly recommended, the feeling of fervor is demonstrated in the movie. It is a corporate movement. Jesus said in the parable of the unjust steward (Luke 16:8) that “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Nevertheless, the children of light are called to make a significant difference. Lift your voice and seed the heavens according to Scripture. Then, let’s go out and set our hands to things that will prosper.
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. ~Psalms 97:10