It has been said that, “The best defense is a good offense,” and vice versa, “The best offense is a good defense.” Games are won when both are in working order. We are called to “defend the faith” while at the same time go on offense, knowing that “the gates of hell will not prevail against us” (Matthew 16:18). Immediately after Jesus told Peter about building His church on Himself as “this Rock,” He spoke about prayer and our authority as believers. With numerous works of Satan seeking to destroy our nation, our leaders, our churches and our families, we must not be rocked back on our heels, but stand in the victory of Christ: “Steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
As a church, we are at a crossroad, praying about the selection of a Pastor’s Search Committee and my transition of pastoral leadership. There is an open door of missions and ministry here in our area and beyond. The early church did not picket, protest or purchase a ticket out to Spain, but prayed. They did not form a mob or start a riot, but “lifted their voices together to God” and prayed to “Sovereign Lord” (Acts 4:24). They did not splinter or scather, but gathered together for one purpose with “their friends” (Acts 4:23).
They prayed to the Lord. They praised Him and even used a word from which we get despot, indicating that He was Supreme Ruler who holds the world in the palm of His hand and is concerned about all things and humans. They knew that the Creator of everything can accomplish anything. God is bigger than our problems. They quoted to God in prayer from Psalm 2. He inspired and used David as His instrument, looking ahead hundreds of years to the Lord’s Anointed, that is, Jesus who is the Heir of the Kingdom.
They recognized that God laughed and scoffed at man’s tiny attempts to thwart His purposes (Acts 4:25, 26) and prayed for God to do whatever He had planned, to grant boldness to His servants to speak the Word and to “stretch out His hand” to do miracles (Acts 4:27-30). A few years ago, when my knee could take it, I played one-on-one basketball with one of our third graders. It was one of the few times when I was actually the tallest guy on the court! He “talked trash” saying, “You goin’ down, Pastor. You ain’t got nothin!” I laughed, but not as much as God did at those first century enemies of truth. The apostles wisely kicked it upstairs to the Head office, to the Owner of the company Who made final decisions.
In the near future, you will receive a printed devotion which I have just written to help us in A Season of Seeking the Lord. Please pray with perseverance on a daily basis and join us for any prayer meetings which are being held. God wants us to go on offense as we “Speak the Word of God with boldness,” and” give testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” Then we will declare that “great grace is upon us all” (Acts 4:33).