“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
The Wall is not a post about the Pink Floyd album, but rather, strongholds in the spiritual realm that manifest and wreak havoc in our everyday lives. Today, I write about God’s perfect timing, precision, and purpose; I write about the power of prayer amidst our spiritual warfare against the powers and principalities of this world. Again, God reminds me that no branch can bear fruit by itself; we cannot bear good fruit unless we remain in the Spirit (John 15:4). Interestingly, I had just told God minutes before that I was out of things to write about.
The Spirit of God came to me this morning in church, and He said to speak against a wall. God showed me a wall, and I was instructed to speak against the wall. I was not told to request that the Lord do something, for the Lord had already acted. My instruction was to declare what He had done. So, I spoke against the wall, and the wall began to crack; and then a little more, and then the wall fell. Light shined through the cracks, as the wall collapsed, light shined and shined and eventually filled the whole expanse. Fell does not do what occurred justice; it was more like a fortress was toppled; in fact, that’s exactly what happened; a stronghold was toppled by God’s decree. Admittedly, I was taken aback by the breadth of the wall, by how it shook the ground, and by the sound it made when it fell. And I await with excitement and anticipation, as well as relief and gratitude, for what I was shown to manifest fully. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
I do not believe when the apostles spoke boldly, healed the sick, and drove out demons, they did so of their own volition; they were operating at the behest of the Spirit. What happened this morning was not of my own volition; it was also done at the behest of God. Maybe this is why we’re so often baffled, even disappointed at times, when prayer doesn’t yield our desired results on our desired timeline. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Our great power is not found in willful action; that is operating the flesh and leads to death. Our great power is found in submission and obedience to the Spirit of God; that is the source of our power in prayer.
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