On Tuesday morning while praying, the word ‘First Responders’ came out of my spirit and I’ve been thinking about that ever since. I found that a First Responder is someone designated or trained to respond to an emergency. Then I remembered reading an article years ago that there are two types of people; those who respond quickly, jumping in to do what needs to be done and those who freeze in fear.
I’m a responder. I’m quick to access a situation and jump into ‘life saving mode’. A very long time ago, I was able to save a friends daughter from drowning while her mom froze, not knowing what to do. Another time, I dislodged a hard candy from a friends son’s throat as he began to turn blue. Doing the practical while using the name of Jesus each time. I’ve never considered myself a hero, I simply react to emergency instead of freezing in fear.
So when the Lord spoke these words to me as I and several others had gathered to pray, I felt He was showing me something significant. These were those who could see and respond to what was happening in the realm of the supernatural. They’ve been trained by the Holy Spirit how to respond, what to do, what to say, how to make every minute count not for their purpose, but for His. Sometimes we see things happen in the natural we have no power over, still we respond or freeze. But what if what we don’t see can stop what we do see? What if we changed our strategy and focused our efforts on obedience in prayer instead of what’s in front of our face. Would we change from fear to faith? Would we become ‘First Responders’?
II Corinthians 10:4-6 ERV says; The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ. We are ready to punish anyone there who does not obey, but first we want you to be fully obedient.
Do you see this? This isn’t talking about arguing with someone over something we don’t agree with. This isn’t talking about lashing out at political parties or petitioning at city hall, this is about destroying the enemy’s strongholds through prayer. Being fully obedient to do what the Lord has commanded us all to do, pray. We can cover more territory, overcome more demonic forces who are corrupting our children, our bodies and our nations by prayer than any other way ever.
Today, I leave you with these very blunt instructions from Paul found in I Thessalonians 5:16-23;
Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. Don’t stop the work of the Holy Spirit. Don’t treat prophecy like something that is not important. But test everything. Keep what is good, and stay away from everything that is evil. We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure—belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. Amen