There is a prayer that will not only disable the enemy but bring God’s glory. Though we should continue to plead the blood of Jesus over situations, it is the Fear of the Lord that will ultimately change things. In a dream last night, the Lord gave instructions as to how this works. This has to do with taking the land and disempowering the principalities that are going after this next generation.
I was with other families on a large field. We were watching a woman giving instructions to our children who were gathered on one side of a plot of ground that we had prepared. She was telling the children that they were going to receive cuts, bruises, and wounds to their skin. She said it as if it was normal and simply part of the routine.
I could tell some of the other adults that were gathered with me were not comfortable with this and began to murmur and complain. I, myself, felt a righteous anger rising up within me and knew something had to be done to shut down this demonic initiative. I could hear people beginning to speak their prayers out loud, taking authority over this woman. As the prayers began to rise up, I heard myself specifically speak the Fear of the Lord upon this woman and, to my shock, she immediately collapsed to the ground, unconscious. I knew it was this prayer that had disabled her.
Then I looked at the children who had been gathered opposite this woman and, they too were lying on the ground. But, instead of coming under holy judgment like the woman, they were receiving an impartation from heaven. You could tell by the look on their faces that they were encountering the power of God’s glory and Presence. I laughed as I saw this and remarked to the others as to the power of this simple prayer that not only brought judgment to the enemy, but promise to His children.
What a powerful demonstration of the Fear of the Lord! When I asked the Lord about this, He said that the power of this prayer is not in the words themselves, but in the posture of the one who prays it. You cannot effectively pray the Fear of the Lord unless you, yourself, are operating in it. The distinguishing mark of this reality is obedience. Principalities and Powers recognize the difference between prayers that are words versus those that are lived. The true Fear of the Lord brings radical obedience when one encounters His holiness, His righteousness, and His glory. It becomes a life-force and when one prays from this posture, the enemy cannot stand and cannot take any more ground (Joshua 4:24 ESV).
For those who oppose the Lord, the Fear of the Lord will bring judgment, but for those who obey the Lord, it will produce an encounter of His glory. This same prayer produces both.
The dream continued.
It was then that I saw we had been erecting a tent on the grounds. Stakes had been placed around a perimeter and we had been preparing this place for habitation. It was like the old revival tents and we were working together to secure the stakes as well as enlarge our borders. We could even see where previous stakes had been placed and, in some cases, a rock foundation had also been placed at one time and we needed to position our stakes accordingly for the strongest hold.
Not only was this perimeter being enlarged, but there were walls being erected. I saw men lifting heavy walls and positioning them. As they passed by me I saw they needed help so I lifted the corner to carry some of the weight. I realized that many people were engaged in this process of securing the grounds and everyone was doing their part. It was strategic, coordinated, and was soon becoming a fortress with great strength.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” (Isaiah 54:2-3 NIV)
I believe this dream illustration is another confirmation of what it means to coordinate our prayers with those of past generations in order to strengthen our foundations and secure our inheritance (Hebrews 11:40). Not only have past prayers taken some ground, but solid foundations have already been established that need to be rediscovered. The walls represent the prayers of the saints. Just as we are securing our borders, so we should continue to build a wall of prayer around our families, communities, and nation. We each need to carry our weight in this. It is this power of agreement and unity that will stand strong against those who oppose the Lord and try to darken the minds of future generations.
Through this dream, I believe the Lord is showing what is currently happening, as well as reminding us of our greater purpose. To see our land and nation restored, it will require several things: 1) Believers walking in the Fear of the Lord demonstrated through radical obedience. 2) Recognizing past prayer initiatives and building on them through mutual cooperation. 3) Uniting in a wall of prayer that will limit access to the enemy and secure the promises of God.
It always starts personal. If we are truly walking and living in the Fear of the Lord we should expect the enemy to be disabled and the glory of God to fall. Until that happens, God give us the grace to persevere.