Warfare by Prayer

by Pastor Tom Wright
THIS DOCUMENT

Introduction
Goals
Background
Purpose
Action
Submitting Entries


Welcome in the wonderful name of our Saviour and King, Jesus Christ.

If this is your first visit to our site, please prayerfully consider how you can best utilize this weapon in the kingdom's arsenal. We recognize that this is not the solution, but a solution to just one of the multiple attacks our enemy places upon our communities and our lives. We pray that you would agree with Solomon's prayer "give your servant an understanding heart" as you read this document.

Introduction

The Church is now engaged in a war in the invisible, the heavenlies, against principalities, powers, mights, and dominions. In this warfare, our weapons are not earthly, but spiritual, and in this arena, we must fight according to the lessons shown to us in His Word, and demonstrated through practical application. To assist you in your studies, we request that you read as much as you can on the subject of strategical spiritual warfare and redemptive prayer. Books such as the Prayer Warrior series by C. Peter Wagner, Healing America's Wounds by John Dawson, Possessing the Gates of the Enemy by Cindy Jacobs, and Commitment to Conquer by Bob Beckett are excellent references for your library.

Goals

Our goals are to help unite the Church through this interactive website to address first, a specific assault upon our lives and land, and later, to broaden our approach to include other areas requiring redemptive prayer. Undoubtedly, one of the major schemes of the enemy is to keep the Church running in so many different directions that it is unable to attain, or at least measure, any degree of success. We hope to therefore focus on one initial form of defilement upon our cities and to track our effectiveness over the next season of time. Without the encouragement of measured achievement, we quickly become disillusioned with our methods and succumb to scattered forays of prayer with limited focus and questionable impact. Let us therefore describe how to utilize this implement of war in the Kingdom's arsenal.

Background

2 Kings chapter three relates the story of the war between the aligned nations of Judah, Israel, and Edom, versus the Moabites. As a result of the conflict and the word of the Lord through Elisha, the battle went severely against Moab. Please note that the Lord unequivocally pronounced a victory for Judah and Israel, but the pivotal point of the war was in vs. 26-27 (NIV)
When the king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they failed. Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land.
A single blood sacrifice was so powerful that it turned the course of the war against Israel and forced them to abandon the Word they received from Elisha.

We see in 2 Samual 21 that a curse had come upon Israel as the consequence of the sin of Saul a generation before.

2Sam 21:1 (NIV) During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death."
The redemption of this curse required the shedding of additional blood, that of Saul's descendents, to atone for this sin.

Deuteronomy 21 presents the scriptural method for redeeming land that has been defiled by innocent blood,

Deut 21:1 (NIV) If a man is found slain, lying in a field in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him, 2 your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns. 3 Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke 4 and lead her down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer's neck. 5 The priests, the sons of Levi, shall step forward, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the LORD and to decide all cases of dispute and assault. 6 Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, 7 and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. 8 Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man." And the bloodshed will be atoned for. 9 So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.
We are told that those in authority closest to the point of bloodshed should perform a redemptive act to atone for the offense.

What we conclude from these passages is:

Purpose

Action

  1. Visit this website on a regular basis to determine if there are any events occurring in your area.
  2. When a death is listed near your home or church, gather a prayer team to plan your response.
  3. With your team, go to the location, or close proximity, to pray and TAKE COMMUNION.
  4. Renounce the work of hell to curse your city by the shedding of blood.
  5. Break the legal right that any spiritual authorities may gain or any empowerment they might receive.
  6. As you conclude your communion, pour remaining juice over the ground to "cover" the transgression.
  7. Speak blessings over the city and it's inhabitants.

Submitting Entries

If you become aware of a death by murder, suicide, shooting, tragic accident, or similar circumstance, please send email to CPEN to request a password, then complete the entry form for inclusion in our continuing efforts to redeem our land.

Please note, this initial site will be focusing on the redemption of our land from the shedding of innocent blood. Later, we will develop additional sites to address other issues.

Thank You for your prayers and participation.



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Updated: September 22, 1998