For Such a Time as This
This past week Aglow issued another global call to prayer. There were over 820 phone lines connected and there were many others participating in this significant time of prayer, as we lifted our voices on behalf of the Jewish people, the nation of Israel and other current day issues.
Let me share some of the comments made following that call.
“Such strength and power could be felt over the phone lines from the amazing prayers being led by the Holy Spirit. It was a night we were all privileged to be a part of. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a warrior-intercessor. “
“What a powerful and God-ordained time of prayer. How wonderful it was to hear the familiar, anointed voices of the Aglow leaders from around the world.”
“Multi-cultural and multi-generational! It was a beautiful call with power, authority and anointing from the One true God!”
“The prayers of the saints were likened unto peals of thunder and flashes of lightning moving the unseen into manifestation. “
THE POWER OF THE ROD
Moses understood the interaction between Heaven and earth. As Pharaoh pursued the children of Israel, Moses said to the people in Ex 14:13-16, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today... The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” The Lord said to Moses, “…Tell the children of Israel to go forward. BUT LIFT UP YOUR ROD AND STRETCH OUT YOUR HAND (caps added) over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” Ex 14:13-16 (NKJV)
Interestingly, there is no mention of prayer in this incident. The ROD SYMBOLIZES THE AUTHORITY OF GOD COMMITTED TO HUMAN HANDS. It shows us that the holder is made a co-ruler with God, sharing His throne-power and reigning with Him.
The action of Moses in lifting up his hand, holding the rod, was that of a man taking authority in the name of Jehovah over the foes of God’s people. He was the representative of Jehovah and he was exerting the authority of the throne as he lifted up his hand.
THE POWER OF BELIEVERS’ HANDS LIFTED IN AUTHORITY
Today, as believers “lift the rod of the authority of the Lord” against the unseen powers of darkness, we are directing the throne power of Christ against Satan and his hosts in this current day battle.
Paul speaks to us in Ephesians 1:17-23 about the eyes of our understanding being enlightened regarding the greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power WHICH He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.
I love the way John A. MacMillan states it in “The Authority of the Believer.”
Behind the fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus there lay the mightiest working recorded in the Word of God. The resurrection had been opposed by the tremendous ‘powers of the air.’ All principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
The evil forces of the ‘age to come’ had been arrayed against the purpose of God. They had, however, been baffled and overthrown, and the risen Lord had been enthroned ‘far above’ them, ruling with the authority of the Most High.
Therefore, we walk boldly in the authority of “the Name which is above every name.” Phil 2:9
A DECREE OF TRUTH
Barbara Potts, State Prayer Coordinator in Maryland, prepared “a decree for such a time as this.”
We read in Esther 8:8 the words of King Xerxes: You, yourselves, write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name and seal it with the king’s signet ring. For whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.
Therefore we declare, in the Name and authority of Yeshua, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who has triumphed over, and continues to prevail (Col 2:15) against the entrenchment of all demonic forces that are empowering the evil anti-Israel confederation within the Middle East. We ask You, Mighty God, to send forth the archangel Michael and the Hosts of Heaven to enforce this decree and to defeat the wicked kings over Persia (Iran) according to the Word of the Lord in Daniel 10:13. We decree that the wicked spirit of Haman who still seeks to destroy Israel, was, and is, defeated according to the Word of God in Esther 8:7.
We decree that all principalities and spiritual powers of darkness must bow to the Name, authority and power of Yeshua, the Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Hosts. (Phil 2:10) Jehovah Shabuoth, pursue them with Your tempest and frighten them with Your storm. We proclaim this declaration sealed by the Blood of the King of Kings, Yeshua, the Mighty One of Israel.
GOD IS GATHERING THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH
We are living at a time in history when we all have opportunity to be one “who is called for such a time as this.” There is a sifting of nations taking place. There is a sifting of hearts. Let us draw near to Him and walk in the power of the blood of Jesus.
God is gathering His church from the nations of the world. This group of multi-national people has been “called out” to be part of the believing remnant of their nation.
The first nation to have a believing remnant was the nation of Israel. The gospel message of the Kingdom went out to the world from that nation. In the end, the gospel will come back to Israel where it started.
We join in proclaiming God’s truth over the earth. Lift up your rod!