Mark 4:14-20; And He said to them, “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
A couple times a week before work, I meet with a great prayer warrior from the church and we pray for our pastor, the leadership and our city. Yesterday, we began declaring freedom for the people of St Pete and suddenly, I saw a large angel, bending over my prayer partner, attentively listening to what she was saying. As soon as she finished, the angel left on assignment to do what she had said only to be replaced with another, who was leaning in, listening. She was a sower, sowing the Word and the ground she sowed in was good ground. We expect a great harvest from the seeds sown.
We know that angels surround us to protect us, but were you aware that they are listening for assignments? Psalm 103:20 says that they “do His Word, listening to the voice of His Word.” Who is it that carries and speaks His Word? We do. So angels are listening. Now please don’t use this as a liberty for your road rage! It doesn’t work like that! Learn to declare liberty to those who are lost (even stupid drivers!), healing to those who are sick, freedom to those who are oppressed. Instead of dwelling on the ISIS crisis in the middle east, begin speaking freedom to the captives. If God set free the children of Israel from Egypt, is He not able to free the Christian captives from their captors? Angels aren’t interested in what you see, they’re more interested in what you don’t see yet. Be purposeful with your words today, just like a farmer planting seed. Don’t just throw it on the ground and hope for the best, look for good soil and plant it for optimal harvest.
Father, forgive us for our careless speaking. Purify our hearts, for out of our hearts, our mouth speaks. May we only speak Your Word to impossible situations. May faith arise in our hearts to believe that what You have said, will come to pass simply because You said it. Your Word is alive. Your Word is active. Your Word is powerful and has purpose. May that same living and active Word be at work in me as I go about my day. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen