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Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be able to see all the invisible things that go on in the spiritual world. You know there is activity there by all the crazy things that happen on this side of the veil, you just can’t see them.

For instance, every time I head out on for another round of revival meetings in Africa, all hell breaks loose. As soon as I purchase the tickets, we start battling some of the weirdest stuff. It has gotten so bad that the owner of the computer store that fixes our computers started laughing at me this time. “Nope, I’ve never seen this problem before with anyone else. You must be heading out on another trip, aren’t you.”

I always used to figure that the more intense the battles were, the greater the mission was going to be. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true anymore. I think it’s just gotten to be routine for the devil to go into high gear whenever he see the next itinerary come up. Old habits die hard.

This trip hasn’t been any different. This time, the trouble followed us all the way to Nairobi, but usually, everything smoothes out as we get into gear. We still have battles, but it is as if everything shifts and the old crew of demons is dismissed while the next crew takes over.

You think I’m kidding, but there is a definite difference in the kinds of things that happen once the campaign has begun. Before I leave the States, everything just seems to be designed to drive us crazy. Once the campaign has started, however, trouble happen all around me, even to those who are helping us in the campaign, but not to me. It’s as if I am in a bubble while a war rages around me.

Does it happen like that all the time? No, but it happens enough to form a definite pattern. And enough to make you wonder what is really going on in the invisible world of the spiritual realm. Are there generals and privates in Satan’s armies? Do they map out battle plans, send out spies and special ops? Do they have pictures of us posted on their Post Office wall as the 10 Most Wanted? What is really going on behind the scenes?

I don’t know. God never put any graphic descriptions in His Word for us to ponder on other than to admonish us to put on the whole armor of God because Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour and that he would be loosed on the earth in the last days. I guess that’s small stuff for Him.

Instead God pointed us to focus on having mercy on the lost who do not know Jesus, and who have never known the freedom of salvation. That’s the big stuff. Our job is to push through the smoke and fire and hold up the Great Commission as our battle cry. Let God be our rear guard to cover us as we take the battle to the enemy to hold up the Blood Stained Banner and claim victory.

No its not easy. And I don’t know what is going on in the subterranean world. I guess we’ll see it all when we finally pass through the veil. In the meantime, however, we have the weapons of prayer to bring to bear upon the enemy.

The rest is just small stuff.

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And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)

Yesterday, I was asked how many Prayer Intercessors I had backing me up. They were shocked to hear that I only had one, a lady down in Pensacola Florida. How do we manage without backup, they asked? Not sure. We just do. I have lots of folks praying for us – lots of them – but when you’re talking about Prayer Intercessors, you are talking about an entirely different breed. I know several in Africa, but I only have one here in the U.S. who is actively interceding for me.

These are people who know what it means to be prayer warriors, to contend in battle on their knees for hours at a time, to fast for days, even weeks, at the slightest call. When I talk about “storming the gates of Heaven”, that is what they do on a daily basis. They don’t just pray; they conquer. They don’t send up polite requests to a God that they assume is listening because the Bible says so; they crash the gates, shake the foundations, tear down strongholds, and move mountains.

It seems that the Prayer Intercessors that I have met were all women. But make no mistake, this is not for the faint-hearted, the polite, or the weak. This is war, and these women are the heavy artillery, the special commandos, the elite of the elite. There is no quarter shown to the enemy in this war. Satan knows it and he fears them far more than whole denominations of preachers, evangelists, and big shot apostles.

These are people who dwell in that secret place of the Most High, that secret garden of God that most Christians know nothing of. It is a place that is most holy and sacred and is reserved for only those who dwell in the depths of a crucified walk in God – a place of total immersion, total yielding, and total release. It is a place of death, and a place of holy communion with God on a deeply personal basis. Ordinary Christians do not enter this holy place – only those who have submerged themselves in the depths of broken-hearted passion and desperate prayer.

These are the real heroes in Eternity. Guys like me, the Lord sends out to go do the work, but ladies like these, He keeps in close to Him and covers them under the shadow of His wings because He loves to spend that close and personal time with them. They are the ones that make it possible for guys like me to do what we do. There is no victory accomplished out in the mission field that has not first been won in the prayer room, and these prayer intercessors are the ones winning those battles.

Thank you, ladies, wherever you are. I would never be able to weather this storm without you praying like you do.

Brother Dale, www.Revivalfire.org

 

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