So today I have been contemplating on strategic intercession and spiritual warfare prayer. It is important that you understand that prayer is an important and integral part of your Christian walk. I admit that it was kind of hard for me to get into the habit of it when I was a babe in Christ, but we’ve got to wean off of the baby way of babbling to the Lord and now walk in maturity of mind and start learning to Command our mornings, to pray without ceasing and just have our spirits in tune and meditating on the Word so that we pray with authority.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
The Devil doesn’t know the meaning of sleep because he won’t rest until the children of God are destroyed. So in knowing that we have to step our game up in our prayer lives if we want to protect ourselves and our families from any hidden agendas and assignment(s) from our adversary.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Today, I feel led to talk about the Haman spirit.
What is the Haman spirit?
Read the Book of Esther Chapters 4-7
In my older post called Fasting with a Purpose – Hit the Target Pt. 1, I refer back to Queen Esther and how Haman the evil prince convinced King Ahasuerus to legalize an evil decree to kill every Jew in the Persian Kingdom. King Ahasuerus did not know that his concubine, Queen Esther was a Jew and that this evil decree would serve not only to harm her and the children of Israel, but it would potential harm her cousin Mordecai as well.
Esther was a strategic prayer warrior for a queen and knew what Spiritual warfare was all about. She pronounced what I call a 3-day-crisis fast to pray against the plot of Haman. At this time, her cousin Mordecai had been arrested and was sentenced to the gallows to be hanged because of Haman’s scheme at work. You will see that at this point also, the assignment against Esther and the Jews were in full force and effect and she had to step her game up and act on the wisdom she recieved during her time of prayer and fasting that she initiated to convince the King to reverse this assignment plotted by the evil Prince Haman. When King Ahasuerus found out that Esther was in fact a Jew and how he was tricked by the evil Prince Haman into instituting this evil law that would not only jeopardize the children of Israel’s lives, but would also mean that his Queen would die as well with her cousin Mordecai that was already awaiting to be hanged in the gallows, King Ahasuerus was infuriated by Haman’s deception. The prayer and fasting that Queen Esther initiated gave her divine wisdom and strategy to overcome this evil plot which not only saved her life and her cousin Mordecai, but it also served to save the lives of all the Jews.
The end result is something I will quote from that fasting post:
“The King loved Esther so much and was heavily enraged by Haman’s evil plot to trick him into killing her and the Jews that King Ahasuerus decided to free Mordecai from the unjust sentence and sentenced Haman into the gallows for his evil deeds. The evil plot and conspiracy against the Jews was reversed in this Fast. “
Esther 7 (NKJV)
Haman Hanged Instead of Mordecai
7 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. 2 And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”
3 Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. 4 For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.”
5 So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?”
6 And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!”
So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
7 Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. 8 When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?”
As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.”
Then the king said, “Hang him on it!”
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.
The most important thing to note here is that the curse that was directed to harm Queen Esther, the Jews and Mordecai was reversed and was sent back to sender who was Haman – the evil, corrupt and conniving prince.
This is just a Biblical example of how prayer and fasting (if necessary) can work to reverse an outcome and also work to backfire the plans of your enemies.
People, you may have some Haman’s in your life trying to plot things against you and your family. When you discern their agenda, this isn’t the time to crack under pressure and let them have their way with you.
You are a Child of the Most high God so prayer and fasting maybe required in some cases to deliver you from the assignment that some people may have against your life depending on the degree of the assignment. The stronger the attack the higher measures you have to take. If you have several Hamans in your life, you’ve got to step your game up in prayer so that you receive divine wisdom and strategy to overcome their assignments.
Rather than reacting to the assignment, respond to it strategically. Seek God to reverse the curse/assignment so that it goes back to the source. This is serious stuff folks. You cannot afford to be passive in your prayer life. The days are evil and your enemy the Devil, isn’t playing around with you. If the assignment is huge, then you’ve got to do something greater in your prayer life to counter-act the assignment. The greater the assignment, the more important it is to up the ante in your prayer life.
I stress the importance of having a prayer partner and seeking even elders in the church to pray with you as you go about your prayer life business if you have no idea what to do. Don’t act in isolation, seek people to pray with you in agreement. Call prayer lines or something but you’ve got to Pray. Sometimes, in the wee hours of the Morning like around 12 midnight-6:00am (the witching hours) you might have to wake your lovely head up and pray. For those of you that think Sleep seems too good to do that, I’m here to tell you that it won’t feel so good when the enemy of your soul has petitioned for your life on the line and/or has petitioned against your family as well and you didn’t do anything to counter-act that petition because you enjoyed your sleep. The Devil never sleeps, so make no mistake about this because he’d rather see you cry a river rather than you picking up your armor and doing your sword work out routine on a daily basis.
Some people may have heard a bad report in the medical room, step your game up in prayer.
Some people have heard rumors of firings in the workplace….step your game up in prayer.
Some are on the verge of losing their homes and/or businesses….step your game up in prayer.
Some have heard that they only have a few months to live….step your game up in prayer.
Some are being harassed and have no peace … step your game up in prayer.
Some have heard there is a plan to uproot you from your place of destiny…step your game up in prayer.
People…I hope you are catching my drift here. STEP YOUR GAME UP IN PRAYER! I don’t know how to emphasize this enough, but this has been in my spirit for that past few days, so if you don’t know how to pray or are not even part of a church…the first step is get yourself in a Bible-believing church. The second thing is get some prayer partners, the third is to get some books on the topic of prayer especially, intercessory prayer, the fourth thing is get into a cell group, the fifth thing is get involved in ministry so that you are surrounded with like-minded people that can serve as intercessory partners and guide you in your pray life dependent on the level of their spiritual maturity. Isolation only serves to make you vulnerable to being attacked. You have to guard yourself up and get with the program and realize you need help! At the end of the day, you make the decision on how you are going to proceed from here on out.
For those that would like some reading material, I would recommend John Eckhardt’s prayer books and Mary K Baxter’s book called The Divine Revelation of Prayer as starters, but you can look for others on your own. Spiritual warfare is what it is…. a WAR in the spirit. Feed your spirit with the Word and use the Word when you pray. Essentially, we have to learn to use the weapons of our warfare that are not carnal and are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) otherwise we will succumb to the schemes and assignments from the enem(ies) in our lives. Don’t wait to be on the defensive when you can be on the offensive right now.
Here are snap shots of the books. There are obviously more you can get at a Christian bookstore but it’s up to you to get serious in your prayer life. I recommend http://www.Christianbooks.com. They have a valuable resource of books that are discounted and they also use Paypal and credit cards for your convenience.
I have a song to minister to you today from Kurt Carr called We Declare War. I love this song and it always gets me going. I pray that it ministers to your spirit today. God Bless you everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray without ceasing,
2 Timothy 1:3
[ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
2 Chronicles 20:15
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.