Daily Devotional – Monday, August 23, 2021
"But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6)
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
Listening to the news coming out of Afghanistan, it would be tempting to become hopeless and bemoan the evil that is running rampant, especially in light of our apparent inability to provide help to so many whose lives are hanging in the balance. Church, this is not the time to retreat, hanging our heads and our hands in defeat! This is the time to turn to the One who is all-powerful, all-knowing—the absolute Sovereign over all of creation, both seen and unseen! The Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that we have an enemy, but we also have God’s protective armor; we are in a battle, but we already know that God has won this war; Jesus promised that His followers would be persecuted, but no harm we face here on earth can ever rob us of eternity in heaven with Him; people, as much as they may cooperate with the enemy, are pawns in the spiritual war that rages, so we must be diligent in our prayers for Christ-followers and also those who persecute them.
As we hear the news, we have an obligation to pray…without ceasing, with humility, with compassion and with absolute confidence that we have the ear of God Almighty, our loving Father! From a worldly perspective, the situation in Afghanistan is dire; but rather than remaining helpless observers, those of us who believe in the power of God should be diligent in our prayers, so that God’s heavenly host is released to do a work that the human race cannot achieve against the evil being wreaked. Many stories are coming out of the country of Afghanistan and I would like to share an Instagram post from Tim Ballard,
“PLEASE READ AND SHARE. It is just after midnight central time and I just received my final briefing on the rescue operation for those on what I call “The Nazarene’s list”. It is not good. Thousands are inside the airport grounds but no planes are flying. Thousands more are outside the gates. Many have been beaten, whipped and some have been shot by Taliban thugs. Mothers and fathers have passed their children over the fences, some of them throwing them over in hopes that they will be caught, cared for and live their life in America. Isis killers are now joining the ranks of the Taliban, I suppose ignoring their differences until the infidels are caught, tortured and killed. They have the names. The names we have. Those who converted to Christianity.
I have personally heard from some in hiding. They are not afraid to die, but they want their children to live and live free. Our brave teams are in grave danger. Our pilots are in grave danger the minute the air space opens. It is chaos on the ground and no sign it is going to get better anytime soon, in fact, as we get closer to the 31st deadline the worse it will get. Tens of thousands need to get out. The resources are there, courage of all is on a dramatic rise, the will is strong, but chaos and evil has been waiting for this moment. WE NEED THE LORD TO HELP.
I would ask, humbly, that today Sunday or Monday you would fast and pray. Beg God to forgive our sins as individuals and as a nation. Ask Him for the sake of others that he would part the skies and open the path to safety, that he would blind the Taliban so the good may operate without detection. It will take Divine Providence and true miracles to save even a fraction of these people who have done no wrong. PLEASE ASK YOUR CHURCHES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO JOIN US IN FAST PRAYER AND HUMILITY FOR MIRACLES WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF, but those we are trying to save surely do.
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Someday, when we all stand before God, I pray that our response to this evil will receive God’s commendation and not His rebuke. The people of Afghanistan need us right now. We may only be able to pray, but I guarantee that our prayers in this situation, seeking God’s divine intervention, are capable of producing far greater and more lasting results than any intervention available to the world’s international community.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!