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I Need Some Prayer Warriors – Please

Jeremiah 20:11

But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

Ray 2019Lamar Jackson – Marlon Humphreys – Marshal Yanda – Earl Thomas – Mark Ingram – Mark Andrews and Marcus Peters – just to name a few Baltimore Ravens – have played like mighty warriors this year. They have won 10 straight games and have won games in very hostile stadiums and in terrible weather. They have won when they have not played their best. They have fought hard – for entire games – not taking off any time during games. They are 12-2 and could lock up the #1 playoff slot in the AFC with a win Sunday against the Cleveland Browns (who beat them early in the season).

Another mighty warrior that I know is my dear friend Norma Floyd. She has been battling cancer for many years. There have been times we all thought she was at the end – only to see her bounce back. Last fall we didn’t think she would see Christmas 2018 and now we are facing the thought that she may not make Christmas 2019. Norma has never wavered from her faith and her love for her children and grandchildren. She has always been a dear friend of mine. In the words of another dear friend – when he found out that Norma was not doing well said – Norma always made you look good Rev. Ray. To which I responded – and that is not an easy task for sure.

My dad was always a mighty warrior to me – he stood for Biblical truth – and never wavered from it. He was consistent and reliable and in this day and age when everything is ever changing – that was a solid foundation for me growing up. He stood for Jesus – even to the very end.

Mighty warriors are not easy to find. Mighty prayer warriors are even harder to find. We need some mighty prayer warriors today! Things are not going well in the world around us.

Jeremiah saw the Lord as a mighty warrior in today’s passage. Here it is in partial context. Jeremiah 20:10–13 – 10 I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” 11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. 12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. 13 Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.

Even when it seemed darkest – when others were turning from God – Jeremiah stood his ground and sought after the Lord! The Lord was his mighty warrior and he was placing his trust squarely on Him.

Is the Lord your mighty warrior? He is mine. God has come to my rescue so many times – too many to count. My enemies have lined up at times to take shots at me – but God has always seen me through the worst. I remember a tractor-trailer accident where I cried out for God to take me or save me – and He saved me – even though the police officer on the scene was sure I was a goner by the looks of my car. I remember other times when God was there for me – a mighty warrior.

I remember when my dad died – it hit me in the gut like no other death. God was very present with me during that time. God is my mighty warrior – and has never let me dip too deep into depression in my life. Even as I mourn my father’s passing (yes – after all of these years I still mourn his passing).

Has God been your mighty warrior? Tell me about it! How is God your mighty warrior? I know some mighty warriors? Do you?

I’d like to call all mighty prayer warriors to pray for the following; 1) my dear friend Norma Floyd as she prepares to transition to the presence of God – 2) our nation as our President and Congress are at odds – 3) our nation with the 2020 Elections before us – 4) our denomination as the 2020 General Conference of the UMC arrives in May – 5) me as I prepare to celebrate Norma’s life – when that time arrives. We need mighty prayer warriors for other reasons as well. Join me on Facebook on Wednesday nights for our live prayer time.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

December 17, 2019 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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