How I Overtook an Intruder With the Word of God
The mundane task of stripping my bed turned exciting this week.
I pulled off the heavy bedspread onto the floor when I noticed him and let out a scream. Tom ran to my side. The lizard paused at the bedside, but ran faster than Tom’s grasp and fled under the bed.
“He’s a baby lizard and won’t hurt you or crawl on you,” Tom warned. But I secretly prayed for some divine help to catch him.
Early the next morning I sat perched on my bed with my fuzzy throw blanket, cup of coffee on the side table and Bible on my lap. The lizard crawled up on the blanket and peered at me atop the pages of my Bible. I remember I screamed and my hands flew in the air. The Bible and the blanket fell to the floor. Tom bolted into the room, this time faster and focused.
“Check under the Bible fanned open on the floor!” Sure enough, the lizard ventured out to be easily captured this time from underneath the opened pages. That’s how I overtook the intruder in my home with the Word of God.
God's Word is a Weapon!
God’s Word is a weapon when used in prayer against intruders. I latched on to the first part of Jeremiah 30:17 when my health problems began.
“I will give you back your health
And heal your wounds, “says the Lord.
I claimed the verse for myself as well as others when attacks against our bodies tried to bring us down. My friend, not a believer, told me his wife was denied knee surgery due to pre-op screening, leaving her with a cancer diagnosis. He looked at me kind of funny when I told him I am praying for her. God healed her of cancer and last week she got her knee operation too! I don’t take credit for it. God’s Word stands by itself in power and authority.
My younger daughter learned the significance of prayer walking through her drug- infested neighborhood, the only place she could afford to live, in her days as a single mom raising a toddler. During the daylight hours, she pushed the baby’s stroller past the porn shops, the fortune tellers, and the strip bars praying down their influence. The Word of God teaches us that they are an abomination. It took time, but one by one, those businesses failed.
I spoke with her this week after the Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Florida high school. She told me that when her firstborn started kindergarten, she prayed as she walked around the school not only for her daughter’s sake, but for all the children in that school. She cited Psalm 91 believing no violence would befall them and they shall be protected by God’s angels.
“For He will order his angels
To protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
So you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”
Psalm 91: 11, 12
God’s Word is powerful. It’s the only thing that doesn’t change. We can count on it and send it forth against those things that invade our lives.