I'm sitting here and thinking, and realized something that a lot of us may miss when we embark upon our projects, especially the projects for Christ. (Such as "Christian Comic Books"). This realization came after accepting and dealing with the spiritual warfare attached with Brian Bradley's project which is to summarize books of the Bible. I don't know about you, but I've had TREMENDOUS difficulty with this project, which led to scripture and prayer on the subject. This is what I've found, and I want to share it with you. (This will be cross-posted on my blog)
First of all, any time that we undertake a mission from God (if I may borrow from the Blues Brother's blasphemy and turn it to faith) is that not only do we need to pray it up personally, we need to make sure we have prayer COVERING US and THOSE INVOLVED with the project in any way! This isn't just PERSONAL prayer, but a communal agreement to pray for each others projects, to fast if need be.
To borrow from military games that I've played, we need COVERING FIRE in order to correctly assault the strongholds of the Enemy. No General puts ground troops into a situation of a frontal assault with both air and naval support gunning ahead of them. This is sadly something that we as Christians do when we embark upon a project. We do personal prayer, but neglect to get an adequate and ongoing prayer COVERING.
What I propose is simple. For all of our projects, lets assemble PRAYER TEAMS both out of our local church and the members that we may find on Facebook and through our websites. These teams will give us covering fire when we embark upon a project, from start to finish we become the target of prayer. So many times we neglect this part of the process except when we hit difficulty, then we reach out. NO! We need to reach out BEFORE there's difficulty!
So why do our answers about our projects come so late in a season so to speak? Let's look at Daniel. Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days for an answer from the Lord. Then an angel appeared unto him, and what did the angel say? "I was dispatched from Heaven when the Lord heard your prayer, but was held up contending with the Prince of Persia." What? "It was only when Michael (archangel) came that I was able to come to you." So what does that tell us? Let's going to Ephesians 6:12: (paraphrase) "For we battle not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities and the rulers of the darkness of this age and the spiritual host of wickedness in high places."
So therefore put on the whole armor of God. Yep. Ephesians 6:12-18. The Sword of the Spirit, the Shield of Faith, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Helmet of Salvation, The belt of Truth. The feet clad in the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. We can shield each other with prayer. We can agree in prayer on a project in order to protect ourselves (and others) from spiritual warfare.
In closing I wanted to share a few experiences I've had in the past decade of salvation. Many of you know I haven't completed many projects. Many of you know that my financial situation is well........poor. I rejoice in these tribulations though, because through Christ when things improve HE MAY BE GLORIFIED! But how to get through it? How to finish a project finally? PRAYER and PRAYER COVERING. It's not just a concept that Frank Peretti came up with, it's there in the BIBLE!
I'm sorry that this post is so long, I just hope that many of you will read it in its entirety, because it is truly from the heart and from prayer. God Bless!