You come against me with sword and spear and javelin,
but I come against you
in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel… …2
We have spent one hour each day for three days worshipping You for who You are as revealed by Your names. We have spent one hour each day for three days bowing our hearts before You in confession and repentance of our personal sins, our corporate sins, and our national sins. We have come back to the Cross and to the fountain filled with blood, where we have plunged beneath that crimson flow and asked You to receive us and cleanse us and purify us of all unrighteousness.
Now, we are almost ready to intercede for our nation, for our churches, and for ourselves.
We find, on this seventh day of Mayday! Mayday! our distress call to You, a battle cry is rising in our throats! For we are in a battle! A battle for the souls of men. A battle for the soul of our nation. A battle at times within ourselves. But before we make our requests known to You, we want to identify the enemy.
We confess we have wrongly identified the enemy as “them…”
…as secularism or humanism or communism or capitalism or atheism or agnosticism.
…as Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or The Tea Party.
…as northerners or southerners, easterners or westerners.
…as the media, or the entertainment industry.
…as the drug dealer or the pimp or the prostitute or the porn purveyor.
…as black or white, male or female, rich or poor, American or Asian or African or European or Russian or Hispanic or Iranian or Islamic.
I confess I have wrongly identified the enemy as ___________
In back of our visible, flesh and blood foe is the real enemy. Satan. The devil. The dragon. That old Serpent who has led the whole world astray for millennia.3 And at his side are all of the fallen angels–his demons, spiritual forces of evil, principalities and powers.4
Open our eyes to the invisible realm. Tear away the veil of deception that the enemy has hung over our minds and our hearts. Expose his mesmerizing spirit. Show us that for every aspect of Your truth, Satan has a twisted counterfeit.
Give us discernment to detect…
…His lies in contrast with Your truth,
…His suggestions in contrast to Your commands,
…His temptations in contrast to Your promises,
…His destruction in contrast to Your salvation,
…His pleasures that are fleeting,
…His plans that are failing,
…His purposes that are futile,
…And his position that is fraudulent.
Give us discernment to detect _____________
Thank You that You have not left us defenseless for the battle.
You have provided us with protective Armor.
Therefore, we choose to stand against the devil’s schemes. And to keep standing. We choose to put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes–and it is coming if not already here–we may be able to stand our ground, and keep standing firm. We put on…
… the belt of truth,
…the breastplate of righteousness,
…our feet ready to take the gospel of peace into a world at war,
…the shield of faith,
…and the helmet of salvation.
Since we are fighting invisible forces of evil, we don’t wage war with conventional weapons. You have given us spiritual weapons that have Your power to demolish Satan’s strongholds. 5 You have given us the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word. And You have given us prayer. We vow to keep reading, applying, obeying, loving, and sharing Your Word while we also vow to keep praying until Heaven is moved and our nation is changed. Or until You return and take us Home. 6
Since “our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,”7 the battle will not be won by our might or by our power, but by Your Spirit who lives within us.8 We are asking You to saturate us in Your Spirit. In Yourself–Your holiness, purity, righteousness, justice, power, mercy, grace, truth, and love.
Cover us with Your blood.
Give us courage to call Satan out when we hear his mocking, taunting, threatening, derisive, insinuating accusations.
He is a liar.
He is a lion.
But You are The Lord. Our Warrior.
Give us strength to persevere until we see You in death or at Your return. In the encroaching darkness, fill us with Your Light that directs people to the living Hope that is found in You. In a world swirling and swarming with demons, teach us to use the Sword effectively while wrapping it in unceasing prayer. In a world of deception, cleanse our lips and give us holy boldness to speak Your truth so that we share Your Gospel without compromise. Make us warriors like You.
Give us ___________
We pray this in the name of the Rider on the white horse, whose name is Faithful and True, who one day will return, followed by the armies of Heaven.9 We pray this in the name of the One who judges with justice and makes war, with eyes of blazing fire.10 We pray this in the name of the Victorious Warrior who one day will vanquish Satan, and remove all sin, evil, wickedness, rebellion, hatred, injustice, and lies from this planet. We pray in the name of JESUS.
in His name and for His glory.