Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches!
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.

Lamentations 2:19 ESV


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Powerhouse in the Home

Recently a friend shared with me an email from an acquaintance of hers. This woman had written to her about the reasons a woman needs to be prayerful. She referred to Luke 7, an occasion when Jesus went with His disciples into the city of Nain, near Nazareth. Luke tells us that a large crowd accompanied the Lord. As they approached the city gate, another large crowd was coming out from the city. It was a funeral procession—“a dead man [was] being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.” (Luke 7:12 AMP)
 
Now if you’ve heard anything at all about Jewish funerals at the time of Jesus, you would suspect there would be loud weeping and wailing in abundance. And you can probably picture those accompanying Jesus stepping aside to let the procession go by. Perhaps you can even see the fear in their eyes. Death.
 
But Jesus didn’t step aside. He saw her and—
 
…felt great compassion for her, and said to her “Do not weep.”
And He came up and touched the bier [on which the body rested],
and the pallbearers stood still.
And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise [from death]!”
The man who was dead sat up and began to speak.
And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Luke 7:13-15 (AMP)
 
The writer of the email, whom I have yet to meet, said—
 
It was the cry of a mother that moved the Heart of God. Still today, mothers who cry before the Lord…move the Heart of God. When mothers stop praying, their families (especially their children) perish. Satan gets a foothold and starts to destroy the home, yet when they return to their rightful place as the anchor of the home, demonic strongholds get demolished. … the “devil is terrified of mothers (the powerhouse in the home). Today, as the woman of the home, consider yourself blessed. Consider yourself highly favored and consider yourself dangerous when you pray.
 
Do you consider yourself dangerous when you pray?
 
You are when you use your weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, in prayer with intent, with  passion, asking for the Lord to give His life to your children, to your home.
However, there’s no danger from a weapon that lies motionless.
 
As Priscilla Shirer said, the Holy Spirit is giving us His Sword to use so we can stand firm against the schemes of our enemy, the same sword Jesus used. 
 
Let’s keep our weapon unsheathed and in hand. May our praying be “pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails.” (E.M. Bounds)

 
Let’s be the powerhouse in our homes!