Pray.

So many thoughts ran through my mind this week. When I’m frustrated or even angry, I’m not shy about telling God how I feel. I told God I was angry when I saw images on social media of protestors at our State Capitol, some carrying guns and nooses, rallying against the state’s social distancing orders. I know we don’t all have to agree with our politicians or the decisions they make, but flaunting symbols of racial hatred to make a point is vile and disgusting. I believe people who engage in this type of behavior are influenced by an enemy they cannot see.

After my rant, God had something to say too.

He told me to pray.

Pray?

Yes, pray.

Why?

Because spiritual battles cannot be won by natural means. It’s like fighting blind. The Word tells us as much.

 “Put on the whole amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” — Ephesians 6:11-12

Everything you see in the natural realm originated in the spiritual realm.

Everything.

The chair you’re sitting in existed as a thought first. Our technical gadgets, from the iPhone to Alexa, all started as a thought in someone’s mind before they were ever introduced in the marketplace.

And so it is when we consider the despicable behavior of others. Who or what is behind the ugliness that we see manifested in the natural?

In this moment, failing to recognize that we are more connected than we are disconnected is like fighting blind. We have more similarities than dissimilarities regardless of race, ethnicity or social status. By failing to recognize this fact we fall right into the hands of the enemy. It’s his job to create distractions that turn our focus to what divides us as a nation rather than what can bring us together. This is a spiritual battle that can only be won with spiritual armor. Assault rifles and other symbols of hatred, albeit intimidating in the natural, are no match for a spiritual adversary.

Sadly, the individual who knows only how to fight by natural means is already defeated.

The individual who knows only how to fight by natural means is already defeated.

So yes, pray.

Pray that blinded eyes will be opened.

Selah.

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