We are at war with China on the economic front, and our president recently signed an executive order to undermine and cut off the Chinese chip industry, a vital component of any modern industrial nation.
As much as Satan loves physical war (because it destroys mankind, created in the image of God), he also wars against us in the spiritual realm: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12
Because war zones are always fluid and changing, soldiers on the front lines start every day by receiving new orders from their commanders. If they are in artillery units, they receive information on the location of their targets so they can be precise and have the most impact.
In similar fashion, we as believers need to spend time in the morning with our Lord – our Commander in Chief, to ensure we are on the same page. This is a vital conversation and communion with the One who lives within us, listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts.
Our Lord invites us to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:16-18), not because He needs our prayers, but because we need them. That is the only way we can walk in the Spirit – by being in touch with Him constantly. It’s like we are walking through a mine field (as much of life seems to be), and only when have our spiritual ears open can we hear where to walk and where not to walk.
Secondly, prayers are spiritual artillery. In war, one army fires artillery to launch explosive devices to land behind enemy lines, which may be miles away. When we pray, we are petitioning the Lord to send His Presence (love, conviction, guidance, truth, and joy) through the Holy Spirit into the lives of our loved ones or others in need behind enemy lines, knowing that the Lord can resolve issues and concerns beyond our ability.
We also know that our Lord loves us and loves to answer our prayers: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
So when we wake up every morning, let us spend time with our Lord in His Word and in bold, fervent prayer, then go forth and share His truth and love with all He brings across our paths. For time is short, tomorrow is not guaranteed, and eternity is forever.
To God be the glory