There has been concern about possible terror incidents occurring in America this weekend as we gather across the country to remember the veterans of war and their sacrifices. That public events would be soft targets for anyone wanting to harm vets as retribution for participating abroad in the military.
The Lord reminded me of a prayer strategy He gave my team here a few years ago that may be used especially for this weekend praying for America, but actually for any prayer focus as the Holy Spirit leads.
It came in the form of a vision.
There was this lone cowboy riding on his quarter horse as fast as the little pony could run. In hot pursuit was a band of bad guys chasing this one man as fast as they could go. They ran across the desert and turned a corner of a rise right into a canyon with high walls and no way out. The walls were too steep to ride up and too slick to climb.
The lone cowboy had unknowingly run right into an entrapment with the enemy closing in fast. With no choice the cowboy kept going up to the end of the canyon and turned to face the enemy.
The enemy saw the cowboy's predicament and closed in for the kill.
Suddenly, just as the enemy came close to the cowboy the canyon walls started to move. They started to wrap around and close off the canyon entrance they had all rode in through which cut off any way back out.
It turn out that those canyon walls were actually the arms of God, His arms of LOVE ! The cowboy had run right up into the arms of God and His protection. But for the enemy, these arms were God closing in, ending their reign of terror. What provision that only God could bring: salvation for the cowboy (America) while at the same time judgement for the enemies of God.
I believe we have just seen this in the last two weeks here in Texas with the Garland terror incident and the Waco biker conflict. In both scenarios, the police and by-standers were protected miraculously and it was the enemy that had the casualties. Evil was exposed AND dealt with. This is God going ahead of us so that what the enemy meant for evil, God turned to good.
The scripture He has given me often as we assemble in prayer that is to be applied not only to the prayer team doing the prayer, but also applied to the subject of the prayer focus (recipients) as well:
Isaiah 4:5-6Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection).
6 And there shall be a pavilion for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.
May He grant us wisdom to apply this and other prayer strategies rightly and timely for our nation this weekend. May His arms of Love encompass our nation with protection and provision in the face of the enemy, yes, even the enemy among us that we know not ! May we be at His banqueting table and His Banner over America be LOVE !!!