"But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the gaps were beginning to be closed, they were very angry, and all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. So we prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night" (Nehemiah 4:7-9).
We're to be a people of both prayer and action. When the enemy's of Israel challenged the restoration of Jerusalem, they didn't just pray without action; and they didn't just act without praying. They prayed and they set a guard. They fought the battle in the heavens through prayer and executed Your battle plan on earth through action.
The enemy of our souls constantly challenges our restoration. He opposes our blessings of security and peace; he tries to steal our inheritance as children of God; and he fiercely attacks the fulfillment of our calling and destiny in Christ. So we pray and we set a guard. So we pray and we stand our ground. Prayer is one of the mightiest "weapons of our warfare" (2 Corinthians 10:4). And so is obedient action in faithful execution of Your Spirit's leading (Romans 8:14).
By prayer and action, we will overcome our adversary. By prayer, we align ourselves with You to do Your part. And by action, we align ourselves with one another to do our part. The battle belongs to the Lord; and at the same time, You often choose in Your sovereignty to enforce Your victory through the obedient actions of Your praying people. As You have promised: "The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you" (Romans 16:20). In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, please keep us in prayer and come join us if you can, as we speak and minister this week in Indiana:
City-wide Aglow Breakthrough Meetings Tuesday and Wednesday nights, April 24-25 in Greesnburg, Indiana; and
Healing Revival Meetings Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, April 27-29 at Burket United Methodist Church in Burket, Indiana.
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destiny in Christ!
Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out