Due to the novel coronavirus I have been working from home since mid-March. While I am keeping my same wake/sleep schedule so as not to disrupt myself when I do head back to my office, this time at home has afforded me more opportunity to meditate and pray about our current situation. First off, I do not like it. It doesn’t pass my smell test, nor does it taste right, sit right, sound right. There is so much wrong with the way this has been handled from the get-go and I do believe it was on purpose. My personal feelings aside, this is a very real sickness with very real death. My heart is broken for every family touched by the virus, those who died can never be replaced. My heart is also broken for the emotional, physical and mental toll it has put on families, especially the children. My prayer is for Papa to guard their hearts and minds so they come through this stronger and more insightful then when they entered.
As I mentioned yesterday, I view things from a different perspective. This also means I lean into what I hear the Holy Spirit saying. I have been on alert since before the end of last year. There is much demonic influence behind the handling of this virus and we must be in tune and in step with the direction they are moving in so we can pray offensively accordingly. We must be aware of what the devil is trying to accomplish. I do not have the big picture, Papa often shows us in part and, like a puzzle, others have their part as well. Put together, we can see the whole piece. Very important to test every vision, word, and prophecy heard.
The following are three things I have been paying close attention to in the spirit and praying as led:
One of the phrases that we consistently hear and are reprimanded to continue doing is “social distance.” Let me say, on a personal level, hearing this phrase hits me like nails scraped down a chalkboard. It very much contradicts human nature because we are touchy-feely people. It is crippling to the mental and physical health of many, especially those who are living in a place which has forbidden visitors. As prayer ministers, we often touch people for whom we pray. Jesus understood the power of human touch, He understood how we crave it, how healing and beneficial it is. When the leper asked if He was willing to heal him, Jesus reached out and touched him. We are not told how long the man had lived as an outcast and how long since he had been hugged, but we are told what happened when Jesus spoke to him and touched him. He was healed.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed (Mark 1:40-41 NKJV).
This demonic agenda seeks to cut off the simple power of human touch, along with what can be accomplished through the laying on of hands and prayer. Not only are our elderly affected, but our children as well. Most went from their classroom routines and daily seeing their friends, to online distance learning. They lost their connections with their sports and extracurricular activities, their church groups, their mentors. The computer is not a substitute for face to face connection and not all children have adjusted well to this upheaval.
There is the confusing information about masks. Do they work? Don’t they work? Wear them? Don’t wear them? Many states have mandated that everyone wear a mask or face covering. In the spirit I see this as a tactic to disguise the wicked. If we all are wearing masks, how can we tell who is who? I do not like clowns because their face paint can hide or “mask” their real intent and who they are. I feel masks do the same, and they actually cover half the face. I also see this as a way to muffle the voice and hide the mouth.
Last is the fear mongering. It is hard to miss. I will not get into detail as this has me upset the most. It is because of this fear mongering that we find ourselves still mostly locked down, having to physically distance ourselves from each other and wear a mask.
Prayer, praise and worship are how we fight right now. Not just simple prayer, but strategic. We have to be aware of distractions and be able to shake them off. We must pick which battles to fight, we cannot all fight the same battle or we will lose others. Satan is a defeated foe, we need to remind him of his status and tolerate no more his demonic army.
Start gathering together and praying. Decree and declare God’s word into the atmosphere, you cannot go wrong and His word never fails. Speak life into your neighborhoods, communities and cities. Papa is not surprised by what is going on right now and His word tells us what will happen to the wicked, let us declare it. Revival will begin as a spark within each of us. Let’s carry that spark to our circles of influence and light the world on fire.