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November Prayer and Fasting Day 2
Pray for true and proper fear of God that a personal relationship with Jesus provides and, by the power of His Holy Spirit, confront the PREY on your fears.
5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'"
Have you ever been to a ropes course? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go with our church youth group. It was interesting to watch the youth of our Church confront their fears and work on teambuilding exercises together. One such exercise was one person who was harnessed and standing on a platform overlooking a gully. Just below the platform was a group of other teens holding a rope which went through a series of pulleys and was attached to the harness of the person on the platform. As soon as the person on the platform shouted, the others would run, hanging onto the rope which would lift the person from the platform and swing them out over the gully. As you can well imagine, many laughs, screams, and cries came out as the exercise was carried out. As a person standing on the platform, you really had no control over what happened to you. Just as you would swing back and forth over the gully, you would begin to realize your safety and your return back to the ground was completely in the hands of others. I remember standing on the platform that day not thinking about whether the rope and pulleys could handle me in my swinging but whether the people holding onto the rope could handle it. My mind went to this Scripture, and I thought of how satan desired to handle the rope as Jesus was on the platform. Jesus was not ready to give satan the rope because Jesus knew God already was handling the other end of the rope. If we are not PRAYED UP, there are things in this world we call possessions, and they control how we swing and land back on the ground. Satan watches that, and if he can, he will PREY ON us with those things we let control the rope.
JESUS, TRANSFORM MY THINKING
Jesus chose to let God continue to handle the rope while Jesus was on the platform called this world. Jesus many times had to be PRAYED UP so that He was not PREYED ON. Today, begin to pray and ask God to reveal to you those things you have not let God handle the rope on. You must be honest with yourself if there is to be any Holy Spirit transformation that happens. If we do not let God have the rope because of our fear, that fear is what satan PREYS ON. When we are PRAYED UP, we find true Joy by giving the rope to Jesus and say, LORD, take control. He then says back to you, If you want Me to take control, I will, and I will return it back to you to be a steward of it.
Lord Jesus, today I want to give you the rope. I am tired of being PREYED ON. Instead, today I choose to spend time in prayer with you so I can be PRAYED UP. Everything I call my own is now yours, whether it is physical possessions or the thoughts in my mind or the motives and intentions of my heart. Lord, strap me into Your Holy Spirit harness and take ahold of the rope. I am choosing to be PRAYED UP today and to have JOY in all you desire for me to enjoy and experience.