My roommate was watching a movie recently and told me a quote from it, just as a passing comment… I actually didn't think much of it at the time but as I sat down to read, the phrase came back into my head.
"When the humans don't pray the gods lose their power"
As this quote popped back into my head, it seemed as if a million other thoughts and tangents flew through my brain, making connections here and there, followed by a series of 'if this' along with 'then thats'. I let all this process in my brain for a bit and decided that if I wrote some of this out maybe it would somehow make more sense.
It's crazy how our brains work, I definitely don't understand it…
Anyway, the main thing this line reminded me of was how, we(the SOIYM) have learned about spiritual warfare. It has been a very insightful and challenging time and probably the biggest thing I've taken away from the lectures is the necessity and importance of intercessory prayer, which in simple terms is praying on behalf of others. Hearing this line from the movie reminded me of how much authority we have and control we have in the spiritual realm with our prayers, words, actions, and deeds. In the movie it is the various Greek gods (false gods) that understood if the people don't pray they will lose their power. Now, we might not refer to modern day things as 'gods' but we definitely put many things number one in our lives and serve them as gods. For example job titles/status, money, material possessions, other people, etc… This even carries over into emotions that we often allow to control and dictate our decisions and actions, like fear or intimidation.
The amazing thing is that the God I know is all powerful, He is the be all and end all. His character is unchanging and unwavering. He is good, faithful, loving, perfect in every way. A father, friend, comforter, king, leader…etc.
All those other things I wrote about before- like money, material possessions, people, and fear. Those are things that we make priorities, we allow those to cloud our vision and they become our reality, we put our every effort into obtaining those things or we allow those things to control us, when in the reality, God, the ultimate provider, satisfier, fulfiller wants us to walk in freedom. He has given us authority to overcome fear and intimidation. He has said that he will take care of us, therefore we shouldn't have to strive for job titles, money, material possessions.
Jesus said "I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."
I want to walk in this real and eternal life that Jesus offers, a life that is beyond anything that I could dream or imagine!
Love and Blessings to you,