October 5, 2023

1 Samuel 5:7

“When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, ‘We can’t keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer! He is against us! We will all be destroyed along with Dagon, our god.’”

God can speak for Himself and can do whatever is needed to restore His glory. Many times, we assume that God is weak because things don’t work the way we want, but God is not weak. He bids His time to do His will. The forces of darkness are no match for the awesome power of our God, and those who trust in these forces are likewise less than nothing to our God. He loves all men, but He will terrorize those who willfully work against His will and against His people.

All through history, we have seen God enter into human realms and actively play a part in delivering His people and restoring His glory. In this context, God – all by Himself – began to terrorize the people of Ashdod because they had desecrated the Ark of the Covenant and slaughtered God’s people. The Bible says in verse 6, “…the LORD’s heavy hand struck the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.” The Lord’s hand was heavy on the people, and He did not relent until they restored His glory by returning the Ark to His people

As a Church of the End times, we need to call upon the Lord to again, manifest Himself in unusual ways. The people of God are being tormented, and the glory of God is being taken for granted. Godlessness is on the increase, and people assume the Church has become powerless and irrelevant. But that is not so and cannot be so. We, therefore, need to make unusual prayers in these unusual times. We ask the Lord to prove His presence and guardianship over His Church by terrorizing those who refuse to acknowledge Him as God and who plunder God’s people. We are asking God to defend His glory in ways that we cannot.

As a people, we may feel defeated and incapacitated, but God is never defeated or limited. God is against those who are against His people and His glory. For example, when Herod forgot His humanness, and thought himself to be something, an angel smote him, and worms ate him up because he dared to exalt himself against the living God. We are not asking for God to kill anyone but that God will terrorize all those who stand in the way of His glory.

Enough is enough. The Philistines cannot continue to defy our God and get away with it. We have seen this happen repeatedly, and we need this to stop. It’s time to make some dangerous prayers.

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