My beloved friend and several of her friends meet weekly and walk the streets of their town praying for the city, the businesses, and the people of the city. They pray prosperity, freedom, healing – blessing.
I’ve known my friend for 25 years and blessing is all she is, it’s who she is. So, when the church “leadership” told the group they can no longer do this (don’t want to offend anyone, blah, blah, blah), she was grieved to the bottom of her very dear heart.
She could hardly talk for crying as she told me about it. “They’re so deceived. They’ve built a kingdom and they’re losing The Kingdom.”
How often it happens. A young whippersnapper gets a piece of paper from a Bible College and now he has “spiritual authority.” What, I wonder, is a more sure and certain indicator that Satan is at work than when people start trying to control other people?
I know what. It’s when people act like sheeple and say, “Oh, OK then. I know we were led by the Holy Spirit to do this. I know we’re blessing people. But since you, Oh Great and Mighty Pastor Person, say we must not pray, we won’t pray,. After all, spiritual authority and all . . . .”
Not my friend and her buds. They, unlike their “leaders” will not be destroyed for a lack of knowledge (See Hosea 4:6). They know what Jesus taught about prayer, and what both the Old and New Testaments teach about prayer. They will not answer evil orders with the evil of fear and cowardice.
Daniel 3:18 tells of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s response to evil orders: “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”