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Pray Always And Do Not Lose Heart
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Luke 18:1

Pray Always And Do Not Lose Heart Luke 18:1

I have drawn much comfort from the final installment of the "Chronicles of Narnia" by C S Lewis, entitled "The Last Battle", The protagonists find themselves in a final battle that appears to be hopeless. The tiny band of heroes are incredibly outnumbered, weary, bruised and betrayed by those that they protected, slandered and wounded. Finding themselves literally between a rock and a hard place they battle on, even as they hear the distant sound of foreign drums signaling the dreadful promise of even more of the enemies troops to descend upon them. They fight the good fight as their arrows and swords make purchase against their enemies. They resist the temptation to flee or surrender even as many of their own fall around them. As one of the warriors grieves over the loss of a friend who is felled in front of her, the young warrioress is not rebuked but only gently instructed to turn her head so her tears would not wet and ruin the string of her bow. They placed their trust in Aslan (The Christ figure in this Christian Allegory) well aware that it was not their business to know the outcome of their efforts. Their business was to do his will, no matter what the cost and no matter how deep their grief.

I have battled many seemingly impossible battles in my own life; many of which I still have no understanding of the outcome. Many of these battles are still ongoing as the Lord has called me to 'not lose heart' but to press on in prayer and faith in his leadership. Through times of deep betrayal, confusion and overwhelming grief, I have cried out to God for explanation. "Why?" Many times, that why is never answered. Yet, God calls me to rest in faith, asking me to lay down my need to always fully understand. He reminds me of my role and urges me to utilize his full armour, pressing on until he calls me back from the battleground.

Eph 6:13 KJV
Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

2 Cor 10:3-6 KJV
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

"Be strong! We are not here to play, to dream, to drift, We have hard work to do, and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis God's gift. Be strong! Say not the days are evil - who's to blame? And fold the hands and acquiesce - O shame. Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name. Be strong! It matters not how deep-entrenched the wrong, how hard the battle goes, the day how long, Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song." Maltbie Davenport Babcock

I was given an invitation to join with a group of intercessors in a long-term concerted effort. The goal being: To see God work the miraculous in a desperate, impossible situation. My heart sunk when I was given details of the battle we were about to face. I was very well aware of what was asked of us and I did not need to count the cost, I knew the emotional, spiritual and physical price of joining this mission as we were being called back into active duty to fight a familiar foe that threatened to take the young life of a precious child.

As I gathered with the rest of the team, I look around our circle. Many of us had warred in our spirits over this very situation four years prior and we saw the hand of God change impossible circumstances. It was a victory that was born from agony, tears, fasting and wavering faith. Our foundation of prayer was an overwhelming trust in a God who hears the cry of His children and who ruled supreme. Yet, even though we saw victory, we all knew at the time that this war was not yet over and the victory was not complete. There had been minor setbacks in the meanwhile but now a huge battle loomed. Could I find the courage and fortitude to press in once again?

Our leader instructed us as individuals to seek the Lord as to our involvement in the present battle. We all knew war could be ugly, even in the spiritual realms. I looked around the circle of men and women gathered. I could sense they were asking of themselves the same questions I asked myself. I also could see a strengthening of their resolve that manifested in their facial expressions. We were a 'band of brothers', many of us had fought the previous battle and we were carrying the knowledge, skills and scars earned through that battle. We would stand. We would persevere. We would press on until the battle was over. Although we fought bravely, we did not see the outcome that we had all dearly hoped to see. Yet even so, we saw many miracles and we saw a deepening of faith and a transformation of many lives who were impacted by this wee small child.

It was not my place to know the sure outcome of my obedient stepping forth as He called me into battle. God only required me to be willing, humble, obedient and open to his training. As Commander in Chief, he directed the path of our little band of prayer warriors. We placed our trust in the One who reigns over all.

Psalm 18:31-35 NASB
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God, The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me.

Father God, many of us have long-term battles in our lives that seem hopeless. We have spent countless hours on our knees in prayer, yet the enemy's onslaught continues. We are tired and weary, our hearts are sore yet we declare, 'We shall not lose heart. We shall stand until you command us to lay down our arms.' We will take your armour and we will fight if need be until our dying breath. We will battle in the sure confidence that the One who reigns supreme.

© 2014, 2011 Katherine Walden

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