So today there was a story on the news regarding the extremist Islamic terrorist group that wants to call itself a “state” but I will not give them that much undeserved credit so they are ET to me, but not the cute alien who meant no harm, and the story topic falls under the “but wait, there is even more” category.
Apparently, there was a hacker who stole sensitive information, sold it to another evil crazy dude (a British national) who’s in charge of the terrorist crazies’ social media campaigns (because even though they are certifiable, they are socially savvy) and, according to the FBI, “the goal of the list was to inspire lone wolves inside the U.S. to attack at home”. You can read the full story here.
Now, this dude supposedly published this “kill list” that included “names of U.S. military personnel and federal employees”, along with a message that urged these lone wolves (insecure, evil idiots) to “kill where you are; kill anyone. But especially if you could kill people in military uniform or law enforcement uniform, and video it, that would be best of all,” says FBI Director, James Comey.
My initial response is that I am really tired of this [insert bad word] and I’m feeling very un-Christian-like and frankly I want to blow them all back to hell where they belong. Instead, however, I’m going to fight back on a different level, one they do not understand because they are massacring under an ideology of evil, not a religion of peace.
I am going to pray, and I invite others to pray. I am calling all prayer warriors of every level and imagined level, whether your super hero outfit is jammies and fuzzy slippers or full battle gear. I am praying for you to pray. I am praying for you to invite others to pray.
I am praying for God to take vengeance like He says He will in Romans 12:19:
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
And I hope He repays like nothing they’ve ever before seen.
Lone wolves, in the circle of extremist terrorism, are the single radicals who perform some act of violence either individually or in a group of two, but no more than two.
However, it says in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.” I know for a fact that God’s two or more are infinitely stronger than any radical two.
Where they were called to “kill anyone…but especially…people in military uniform or law enforcement uniform”, we will PRAY for anyone, but especially people in military and law enforcement uniform! And videotaping it would be “best of all”. However, Matthew 6:6 says “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
We aren’t supposed to pray to be seen and rewarded, but for the benefit of prayer alone. So pray for prayer’s sake. (But wouldn’t a wave of prayer selfies be epic? Just a thought.)
So, no matter how warrior status you may feel, a simple prayer like “Jesus, please protect them and us” works just as powerfully as something like:
“Lord, I come to You to stand in the gap for those who cannot do it themselves. I pray a hedge of protection around my family and friends, and for families in the Middle East who are being tortured and killed. I pray for safety and protection, for open doors of escape, for wisdom and courage and a supernatural peace to deal with the terror and unrest and destruction.
“I pray for our homeland, and that these lone wolves are caught before they can commit atrocities. I pray for those around them to have open eyes and see what their potential for evil is; that they speak up to authorities to stop their actions.
“I pray for protection over our law enforcement, first responders, and our military who are fighting this evil firsthand. I pray for a supernatural peace and focus to fill them as they do their jobs and take care of business.
“Thank You for Your protection. Thank You for sending warriors and sheepdogs with hearts of service and protection and strength and honor. Please fill us with courage that we may stand behind them and continue to pray for them. Please open our eyes and our hearts and our minds for any and every opportunity to be a blessing and be able to pray over situations.
“In Your precious name, Amen.”
1 Peter 5:8 says “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
John 10:10 says “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.”
The enemy never stops. Never. Evil is ALWAYS there, ALWAYS prowling, ALWAYS evil.
It’s time to fight. It’s time to pray. It’s time for battle.
Don’t wait. Do it now.
Becky is a single mom navigating her own groovy trails. She knows God has called her to share his Word with others even though she is reluctant in that calling, but feels confident that He will equip her along the way with what she needs for her journey. She does her best to trust in that knowing, and to not judge others on their journeys. Unless the waist of their pants is at their butt cheeks; then she thinks they should pull those puppies up. Or if somebody says she eats too much chocolate; then she just can’t be friends with them anymore. Join her to discover how your plans and God’s plans come together in this life full of reluctant discipleship!