Your Prayers Make a Difference
by George Sawyer
Never has a generation been so assaulted and abused both inside and out of the womb. These are potential leaders, deliverers, and champions. We must recognize and respond to this satanic assault with an even greater intensity and devotion—we must pray for this chosen generation. We are in a battle for the destiny of a generation, and as a consequence, we are in a battle for the future they will define. Our enemy is great, but our God is greater. Our enemy is mighty, but our God is almighty. Our enemy is wily, but our God has all wisdom.
Our children and grandchildren were not born to become the latest casualties in Satan’s assault on our youth, but rather the newest conquerors. We are supposed to win this spiritual battle, and we will as we understand the overcoming dominion of Spirit-enabled prayer! We read in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
And Romans 8:31 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (mev). A few verses later Scripture tells us, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 37-39, mev). God is bigger than our obstacle, and through Christ we can triumph over the enemy. Our inheritance as children of God is victory.
Satan likes to insist that intelligence operates only in the absence of the knowledge of the one true God. How faulty, narrow, and shallow. Today, everywhere we cast our gaze in education and culture, we see intellectual development without an understanding of destiny. As the late pastor Myles Munroe stated, “When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.”
In his assault on the young Israelites in Babylon, one of Satan’s first targets was their identity. In short order, their names were changed. Instead of names that spoke of their Hebrew heritage and purpose in God, they were given new Babylonian counterfeits. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah became Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 1:6-7). Why is this so important? Because once we are disconnected from God’s design for our life and His partnership in the fulfillment of His purpose for us, we can much more easily be influenced to pursue a substitute destiny.
I’m convinced from Scripture and life that we will never truly know who we are until we come to know Jesus Christ personally. While you were still in your mother’s womb, God began to lovingly and uniquely author your life’s plan. The psalmist wrote, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well . . . Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-14, 16).
However, the ability to know and live out this plan is completely dependent on personally knowing Christ. Living life at the highest level is the result of God’s intention joined with our decision to follow Him.
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