“Life is war….But most people do not believe this in their hearts. Most people show by their priorities and their casual approach to spiritual things that they believe we are in peacetime, not wartime.”
– John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, p. 41-45
This we must begin to understand! The bible says that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities of the air! (Eph 6.12) It’s a scary thought until I remember that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and the One in me is greater than the one in the world! (Is 54.17; 1Jn 4.4)
John Piper goes on to say, “that the casualties of this war do not merely lose an arm or an eye or even an earthly life,” but that they “lose everything, even their own souls and enter a hell of everlasting torment.” Do we get this church?? Do we understand that the stakes for each individual is ultimate and extreme? Do we recognize that when a soul lost in this war is gone there is no going back? The weight of it should hit us, (forgive the clique) as heavy as a ton of bricks!
If you are NOT in constant communication with headquarters during war time bad things happen! I read of a story from World War II that helps me understand this concept. There was a group of soldiers attacking a hill and they had called for support from artillery. Only, at the coordinates they had another unit of American soldiers were coming in from behind. The artillery began to fire at the second American unit not knowing they were there and that unit began to take casualties from what we call “friendly fire”. The big problem was that the second unit didn’t have a functioning radio to tell the artillery that they were firing at their own soldiers. Therefore, they lost many lives, needlessly, due to not being in communication with their artillery unit. Unfortunately, I’m sure this scenario has happened more than once on America’s battlefields both foreign and domestic.
Pray is vital in this war! Do not step through one more day praying as you ought. As John Piper says,
“Prayer is the communication with headquarters by which the weapons of warfare are deployed according to the will of God…Prayer is the walkie-talkie of the church on the battlefield of the saints. It malfunctions in the hands of soldiers who have gone AWOL. It is for those on active duty. And in their hands it proves the supremacy of God in the pursuit of the nations.”