“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3 (NLT)
CS Lewis is often quoted as saying something like, every single square inch of the universe is being contested. There is an intense battle going on and with it there is no neutral territory. This is so true! If you aren’t equipped or fighting this battle, you are either asleep or you have been taken prisoner and you don’t even know it! There is no middle ground, you are either fighting on God’s side or the devil’s. Sorry, if you have not yet decided, your indecision has decided for you! In this hour of war, you do not have the luxury of being a civilian. If that is where you think you are, then wake up sunshine and see that you have been lulled to sleep.
Ask God to wake you up to the reality of the spiritual war all around you! Ignorance is not an excuse! Ask Him to stir up His zeal (Isaiah 43:17) with you! Ask Him to arouse your pastor as well. Pray for your pastor to have a new zeal for the kingdom of God and for fighting the good fight against a terrible foe. Ask God for this to take a larger emphasis in the preaching and equipping at your church. Pray for your church to rise up as a military base for the army of God to be trained and mobilized. Pray that the churches across Athens would unite even more and fight this spiritual battle together, in unity and with God’s divine strategies!