Have you ever noticed in movies when there is some sort of battle or argument happening, one side says something to the effect of “Bring it!”? I found myself realizing I was in the midst of a spiritual battle and I was uttering the words, “Bring it!” in my prayer this morning.
Now, I'd never taunt our very real, spiritual enemy like this. I know he is good at “bringing it,” and then some. I have no desire to taste Job's life.
But my prayer was something different. I wasn't calling out a battle cry to the opponent. I was calling out to Jesus. I don't want the enemy to bring it…I want Jesus to “bring it!”
I'm entering into a new season of ministry. Aside from my normal “ministry” as a wife and mom, I'm getting ready to host a new homeschool co-op and Bible study. Somehow, I allowed myself to get blindsided these last few weeks.
I should have known better than that! Anytime we put ourselves out there to serve, we are entering the battlefield. I just went skipping along, happy, and oblivious as could be. I needed to stop and put some armor on!
I should have remembered back to when we hosted our first baptism for our church. Our pool pump broke the Friday night just before! Praise the Lord that we were able to sweet talk the pool company into coming and fixing it–okay, maybe we guilted them into a bit–, but even our pastor laughed and said that we forgot to cover that aspect in prayer. 🙂
We've been experiencing physical issues, including colds, burns, and stitches. We had a loss in the family. Emotions have been high here and there. But it wasn't really until yesterday that I realized that many of the things being thrown at me were most likely an attack. It was when I got an email from one of the other ladies in Women's ministry regarding some of the things going on in her life that I realized I had been unfocused and unaware of the battle that was ensuing.
Now you have to excuse me for my sports analogy here. You need to understand that I was a mom of three boys for the first nine years of my parenting. But I was reminded that I shouldn't be surprised by anything that happens in the upcoming weeks! Our enemy will throw us a lot of curve balls, but we have to keep swinging!!! We have the best batting coach in the universe!!! He’ll even wrap His mighty arms around us and help us swing!!
Our enemy will attack us on every level. He is cunning!! The Bible describes him saying that “he prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” in 1 Peter 5:8. He is opportunistic!! Luke 4:13 states that after trying to tempt Jesus for 40 days, the devil “departed from him until an opportune time.” He loves to strike when we are weak and spiritually hungry.
So, the thing is, my prayer today was not about provoking our enemy,
it was about invoking my spiritual Strength!
We are not called to be strong with human strength! We are called to turn to Jesus for strength.
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13
“…for my power is made perfect in in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
It is in our weakness and spiritual poverty that He gives us His blessing and strength. Like I've said in the past, there is no verse in the Bible that says God will not give us more than we can handle. He will always give us more than we can handle!!! He wants us to come to the end of ourselves and lean on Him, the true provider of strength and true joy.
So, all that being said, now I'm aware of this season of ministry and attack, and I say,
“Jesus, bring it! Bring me Your power! Bring me Your strength! Bring me Your joy! Bring me Your peace! Bring me Your rest!”
I pray for you, too! As you minister to your family that you will remember to ask Jesus to bring you the strength that you need to pour out His love and grace on your family and all those you serve.