When I started choosing to take prayer seriously for the first time in life, things started changing fast.
He even helped wake me up each morning with a new-found desire for intimacy. God said I could make a difference in the world if only I chose into the power of prayer. It was then God taught me to fight for 3 things.
1. Prayer for my own Prayer life
There were days where it was really hard; I didn’t want to do it. But I did it anyways, and you know what…God honored that! He allowed me to work through my attitude and filled me with His desire. His desire for praying didn’t always happen immediately upon prayer starting; but for those 10 days I can testify – EVERY TIME – God came through.
2. Prayer for those closest to me
At that point in time, nearly everyone was ill. There was nothing I could really do physically to help them other than get them food and water. It felt helpless, but God showed me the most powerful thing I could do during that time of sickness was actually pray for them. One of my teammates one day even said, “Brian, I’m not sure if I can handle this level of excitement” as we were about to go do street evangelism.
3. Prayer for everyone else
As the whole squad evacuated 5 days ago because of the virus, God taught me that I would now fight for the whole squad. I really was not looking forward to that, because God was teaching me SO MUCH when it was just me spending a ton of alone time with God. But God told me, no you still need to fight, I’m just giving you a bigger heart, a bigger task. Little did I know how much…
A couple days ago I received word of my friend Katharine (Kat) Tompkin that had just had a serious accident.
I started praying and before I knew it I was absolutely weeping! But I wasn’t weeping because I was sad or even because I was angry. I asked God, “why the heck am I crying?” And in the smallest voice he said to me “That’s just a drop of my compassion.”
I was crying with compassion – something I’ve never done before in prayer. This blew me away. For most of the Race I have felt that I didn’t have compassion. Yes I love serving people, but never did I believe that I had compassion. I couldn’t keep this in; I had to share Kat’s prayer request with everyone! That night I shared the update with my squad, and afterwards prayed for her. God filled that prayer with such power, love, and belief. I didn’t “sense” any difference in the atmosphere, no “goosebumps,” but I didn’t need too. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was changing things.
But this story isn’t just about Kat’s accident: it’s something much bigger…
Literally hours before her incident Kat had written a blog about the spiritual darkness she and her squad are facing Month 10 in Romania. Click Here to see her blog exposing the spiritual darkness. The devil tried to shut her up by her accident, but she posted the blog – because she is choosing to fight. She is making a CHOICE.
Here story has motivated me to fight. Not just to fight for prayer, not just to fight for others, but to fight for the Kingdom. To fight with every fiber of my being, because that’s what Jesus would do. Some of the bravest people in the world are soldiers that fight for their country. I want to fight for the Kingdom of God and never stop till the day I die.
Will there be days that I don’t feel like fighting? Absolutely, but it’s my CHOICE, and I will Fight!
Romans 12:11-12 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
I was so focused on Running/Finishing the Race, that I forgot to Fight the good Fight – from 2 Tim. 4:7