“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” – Ephesians 6:10 – 18
This morning I slept in a bit. I think I got up at 10 or 11am; I got up because by the time I got to bed it was after 2:300am so I felt pretty tired. One of the first things I did when I got up was turn on my computer to check my e-mail because I was curious if I heard from my parents again or if I got any responses from the prayer request that I sent out yesterday about Libby.
I got an e-mail from one of my prayer supporters from my home church in Canada and I was quite surprised by the kind of e-mail that she wrote because it was a negative one. I honestly felt upset and a bit shocked from what she wrote in her e-mail. She wanted to e-mail me and comment on the prayer requests e-mails that I have been sending out about Libby.
She basically told me that she felt like those e-mails have been too much and over the top. She went on to tell me that people at home would rather pray for things that are vital to the kingdom of God and not pets. I honestly felt like it was like another attack from the enemy because even though a pet may not be vital to the kingdom of God I still believe that it is perfectly fine to pray for our pets since they do mean a lot to us and they are a part of God’s creation.
Another thing too if a missionary who is on the field is sick then they cannot be effective in their ministry and that is the same with a missionary’s emotional well being too. After I read this e-mail I just spontaneously went into high gear in warfare battle prayer time for my family and I. I don’t remember how long I prayed for but I remember just crying out to God with all my heart as tears streamed down my face I kept proclaiming Jesus’ blood upon my family and telling the devil that he can’t have my family.
The Lord just brought me into an intensive warfare prayer time. I prayed in tongues, quoted scripture, worshipped God and just sought after Him with all my heart. I really felt such anger in my heart against the devil of how I feel we are being attacked right now. Again I’m so grateful of how the Lord has been teaching me so much more of how to pray from my church especially how to pray these aggressive warfare battle prayers. I’m definitely very glad that the Lord led me to the international church!
After a time of prayer and seeking after the Lord for my family and I, I then decided to respond to her e-mail which took me much longer then I thought it would take because I wanted to write with clarity and wisdom from God. One of the things that I wrote in the e-mail was I reminded her that we are all in a spiritual fight and I wrote Ephesians 6:12.
I wrote that the enemy knows our weakest points in our lives and the enemy knows who we are close to which doesn’t mean it is just people because this can be family pets too. I wrote in the e-mail how the enemy (the devil) has key strategies because his ultimate goal is to steal, kill and destroy God’s children (John 10:10). I also wrote how not one Christian or not one person is not in this spiritual warfare but praise God that we are on the winning side!
I decided to ask two of my prayer supporters that I’m close to for advice on the e-mail that I received today. They basically told me that in the future it might be better to only send out personal prayer requests to a very, very small group of people that I am close to and I trust. They told me it is very important to have discernment in this and they also encouraged me to forgive this person for her negative comments that she wrote. In the evening I decided to send her another e-mail and express to her that I have forgiven her.
I think in the future I need to be a lot more careful about sending out certain prayer requests because I now know that not everyone on my contact list would want to receive such personal prayer requests. If I still want to send out prayer requests to everyone that are personal and not ministry then maybe it is better to keep them more general and not go into so much detail. I guess this was a hard lesson for me to learn, though I’m glad I did spend that time in prayer for my family today after I received that e-mail.
I am very grateful for the encouragement, advice and godly counsel that I received today from those two prayer supporters. I am especially thankful too for the mentorship that one of them gives to me and how supportive that she has been to me. She has definitely been like a spiritual Mom to me and such a blessing from God to have her as part of my life.
In the evening I went to church for our Tuesday evening prayer meeting. I’m so glad that I went to my church’s prayer meeting because it was just awesome to be in God’s presence with other people just worshipping God and seeking after Him with all our hearts. It was another powerful intense prayer meeting and my spirit was again uplifted as I spent it in God’s presence. I just felt God lift my faith so much as I sought after Him.
After the prayer service ended I remembered that my Pastor told me to remind him for him to pray for my family and I because this afternoon I sent him a SMS text message and asked him if he could pray for us so then I went into the room where he was. I went up to him and asked him if he could still pray for my family and I. He seemed glad to pray for us so right away he started to pray for my family and I. I am very grateful that Pastor Innocent took the time to pray for my family and I. He basically prayed that the Lord would restore our peace and joy and bring calmness to the storm that we are now in.
At the end of the prayer he told me that doors are going to open for me. When I heard that I was very encouraged. I’m so grateful to have a Pastor that truly cares about what is going on in my life here in Romania. What a blessing from God. Before I left the church my friend Gabi challenged me that I need to stand up, have faith and trust in God more. She also told me that I will receive good news and I will tell her this good news either tonight or tomorrow. I told her okay and then told her good night as we said good-bye to each other.
When I walked to the tram station I checked my cell phone to see if I got any SMS text messages from anyone specifically from my Dad because lately he has been texting me a lot especially about Libby. It turns out I did get a SMS text message from my Dad and I probably even got it during the prayer service even before Pastor Innocent prayed for my family and I but I didn’t even know it until afterwards.
I received an extremely good message from my Dad with very, very good news! When I read it a huge smile came on my face from ear to ear which was probably the first time I smiled like that since Saturday. I kept praising God over and over again for the good news that I had received from home because this truly is a miracle from God and I just rejoice in God’s goodness!
Here’s what my Dad wrote in his SMS text message to me:
“Hi Andrea, Libby is coming home today. She is eating her food, her kidney seems to be working, and she is going to the bathroom again which is also a good sign. She was rubbing against Mom today and wanted to get out of the carrier. Keep praying for her for a speedy recovery at home. We will need to change the diet for both cats. Anyways, good report. Mom will call you later. Love, Dad.”
As soon as I got home I called Gabi on my cell phone to give her the good news. She was very glad to hear the good news. I also sent Pastor Innocent a SMS text message and sent an e-mail to a bunch of people who were praying for my family and Libby to share the praise report with them. This time when I went to bed it was totally different because instead of that heaviness in my heart that I felt before, it was now filled with so much joy and peace from God. Praise God for restoring my joy and peace!