6.25.2009

Battle on my Knees and a prayer request

My heart's heavy tonight.
My prayers, urgent.
It's nights like these when I wish I lived closer.
It's nights like these when I am weary
but called to do battle on my knees.

There is a war that rages for many that I love.
And it's to the death.
There is an enemy of our souls, and he plays for keeps.
His ammunition seems to never run out.

But then I remember
This is a war that has already been won.
And it's for life eternal.
There is a Lover of our souls, and he plays for keeps.
His Saving Grace, his Powerful Love never runs out.

I stand on My Victor's side.
His banner waves red overhead.
I kneel in the shadow of the cross.
The Words He died to give me,
the sword I brandish in the face of the enemy.

And these are those Words I take with me:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."   {Ephesians 6: 10-18}
"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."  {2 Corinthians 10:3-5}
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." {John 16:33}

I will not forget who the enemy is.
I will not forget who the Victor is.
Jesus purchased our freedom with his life.
And I will go into battle on my knees
till those I love accept it.


**Please pray for my brother today.  He is a young veteran of the war and has many scars to prove it.  He is in the hospital right now.

25 comments:

Miss Anne said...

My heart and prayers are with you.
I send my thankfulness through positive thoughts and continued prayers for the Freedom your brother fought for.

Always here for you.

xo

crittyjoy said...

Praying for him and your family right now. And I will continue to pray.

{Hug}

Myra said...

Praying for you, your brother and all your family. This is a beautiful post!

Veronica said...

Powerful post, Joye! Praying for your brother right now!

Lauren said...

I am praying right now! My heart goes out to you, your brother, and the rest of your family! This is a lovely post full of TRUTH! I stand with you, dear sister, in lifting your brother to the Lord and refusing to give the enemy a single inch!!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Can I just humbly say a big heartfelt THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!

Kristin said...

I loved this post too.
I am definitely praying for your brother and your family.

Alicia said...

I'll be praying!!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Can't sleep tonight...joining you on my knees in prayer...

And...thank you...

Holly said...

Praying!

3 Blessings said...

My prayers are with your brother and your family.

Mich said...

Praying...

Darcie said...

Oh Joye...we are praying too! It's when we are on our knees that God can help us get to our feet. ((((hugs))))

Summer said...

I stand with you, sister. :) As always, you will be in my prayers....

All my love,
Summer

mimi said...

Praying for your brother. Such a heartfelt post. Please keep us posted!

Joyful mom said...

Consider your dear brother prayed for today, friend. I know your heart is burdened and very heavy---Remember that your Father in heaven is MORE THAN ABLE to carry any burden you carry. He can (and will) move all the mountains before you.

~*Michelle*~ said...

On our knees in CT in prayer for your brother....

Peace~
*~Michelle~*

~ shi ~ said...

So sorry for your pain and will be praying for you Joye and your family at this heavy and burdensome time..Shi~

Drahdrah said...

My prayers go out to your brother and you at this difficult time.

Natalie said...

Please keep us updated on ways we can serve you and your family as well as Jody. We are praying and we love you ALL and miss you much!

Happy said...

Praying for you and your family. I'm indebted to your brother's courage and bravery in fighting for our country and I sincerely hope he recovers soon.

the monkey's mama said...

i've been praying for your brother today...my cousin is a fellow soldier and I know the cost...we thank him and your family

Tricia said...

I just read this today... but I will begin praying for your brother... our pastor's son and another man from our church just let to go serve in Afganistan...

Blessings and prayers...

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Many prayers for him today.

American History said...

Keeping you and your family in my prayers. I lit a candle at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher thanks to http://holylandprayer.com God bless.

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