a little different perspective
I have seen many social media posts about prayer soliciting God’s protection over our children as they start a new school year, and as a parent of two high schoolers, I do appreciate those prayers and join in with the many who know that the presence of God Almighty is still welcomed in our educational institutions.
But let’s take our prayers a little deeper…
I’m inspired by Pastor Jim Lewis of Ark International Church who said this summer that he doesn’t pray for his sons to be kept safe; instead, he asks God that they be dangerous! Do you get what that means? Pastor Jim realizes that his boys will encounter evil when they go out into the world, but his prayer is for them to engage evil as those bearing the light and goodness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read these words spoken by the Son of God upon his glorious resurrection:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Parents of the faith, let us remind our children of the kingdom of heaven that the Lord has conferred upon us. Let us model for them the pursuit of the lost and overcome the evil one from the stance of Christ’s victory. Let us reinforce the Biblical truth that wherever they set foot, they can claim as their inheritance for the kingdom of God, and that means their school campuses. Where the enemy has had dominion in the hearts and minds of young and old alike, our students now walk on campus and declare that the light of the kingdom of God has come. Because of the Spirit of God who is with them and living in them, they walk in the same victory over every dominion of darkness as Jesus did and demonstrated by casting out demons and ultimately through His resurrection. Where there have been threats of violence, threats of gang attacks, and threats of suicide, our spirit-born students must now draw the line and tell the enemy, “No more! You may not cross this blood line of Christ, and you are not permitted on this campus!”
I heard a wonderful Resurrection Sunday message years ago that opened my understanding to our need of binding the darkness so that the light may enter the hearts of those who have been held prisoner. Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Imagine the revivals springing up on campuses across this nation as our students take authority over principalities of darkness. May the Spirit of God anoint them to preach the good news, bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and a release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1)!
Today before my children left for school, we read Psalm 1 and focused on the promise to those who walk according to the counsel of the Word of God. It simply says they will prosper in everything they do. To walk in that understanding of God’s Word is to live according to the truth that states we have the same incomparably great power as that which was exerted in raising Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-20).
Now I ask you, are you aware of who you are in Christ? Are your children aware? Do they pose a dangerous threat to the enemy’s camp?