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The Wall Of Faith Established Through Intercession
"Prayer is the wall of faith, our arms and weapons against man, who is always watching us. - Tertullian, Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"Prayer is the immediate and direct means of imploring the Divine assistance and protection." - Biblical Illustrator - Old Testament
"The Almighty power goes around us to defend us and the arms that encircle us are the arms of Love."
- Mark Guy Pearse - Biblical Illustrator - Old Testament
Did you know that - when you intercede for people - God establishes boundaries or walls of protection around them against the enemy? One of the meanings of the Hebrew word for intercession - paga - is an established boundary or border(The Beginner's Guide To Intercession, pgs.90-91). It corresponds to a point at which two territories meet or connect. It is the extent to which a border or boundary reaches(The Spirit-filled Bible). In other words, it is the marking of a territory as one's own - declaring to any intruders - "Stay on your side of the line!"
Intercessors build walls of protection through their prayers. Boundaries around an individual are established in the spirit realm where the enemy is blocked from coming further to bring harm. Psalms like Psalm 91 become a reality in another's life as a result.
We find the picture of a wall of protection established through prayer in many of the Scriptures throughout the Bible.
Proverbs 18:10 says - "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." The "name of the LORD" stands for the Lord Himself. It is the Lord as He has revealed Himself in His works and Word. It signifies His nature, character, titles, perfections, or attributes such as His faithfulness, goodness, grace, favor, power, and mercy. In the midst of oppression, disasters, difficulties, temptations, ill-treatment, severity, injustice, and inconsiderateness, the "name of the Lord" becomes a boundary or a border around His people. In this established territory, they are "safe" - set on high above the danger or trouble that is besetting them.
In Psalm 61:3, David referred to the Lord as a "strong tower from the enemy." In other words, the Lord is an impenetrable fort around the believer. Through prayer, he becomes surrounded by Omnipotence.
In Psalm 18:2, David referred to God as - "my high tower." Here the Lord is pictured as a place of defense, high place, or refuge which is out of reach of the enemy. Through prayer, the Christian becomes "unreachable" to the enemy's attacks.
Interestingly enough, throughout the Scriptures, we find that God's protection is spoken of in place of walls. He makes His help serve as walls - or should we say - boundaries or territories. He Himself is the defender of His people in place of walls.
Isaiah 26:1 says that He appoints His salvation for walls - "...salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks."
In Isaiah 60:18, He calls His walls of protection - "Salvation" - "...but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise."
In Zechariah 2:5, He refers to them as a "wall of fire round about" - "For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her."
And, in Matthew 16:18, He assures us that the gates of Hell will never be able to prevail against them - "...and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
There is no doubt about it - supernatural protections occur when God's people yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to pray. Boundaries or walls of protection are established. Individuals - whether saved or unsaved - knowingly or unknowingly - are immediately surrounded by Omnipotence. The enemy's "mission" is cancelled.
We are sure that - as you are reading this message - incidents of times when God protected you or a loved one because someone prayed - are coming to mind.
My family and I have countless incidents throughout our walk with the Lord and in our ministry when someone's prayers established a boundary or wall of protection around us. One such incident comes to mind when my husband Carl, my son John, and I were preaching on the streets of Dallas years ago. As I was preaching that particular day, a DART (Dallas city) bus pulled up behind me near the curb of the sidewalk. A passenger on the bus opened a window on the bus and threw a full can of beer at the back of my head. This was only from a distance of two to three feet and should have hit me. However, the can stopped in mid air, veered to the left of my head, fell forward past my shoulder, and then hit the ground in front of me. How we give glory to God for this, but we do believe that it happened because of intercessory prayer. Before we would ever attempt to preach, we would all spend hours in the Word of God and prayer. When we would first step foot on the corner on which we ministered, we would immediately plead the Blood over ourselves and that area and pray that God's will would be accomplished. Carl would always pray 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 which says - "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith." As we all came into agreement with this prayer, walls were built around us in the spirit realm. Today, we can testify that - in the fourteen years of ministering on the streets in the midst of all kinds of wickedness and evil - not one time did we suffer any significant harm. Praise God that He afforded us His protection through intercession.
At times, are you concerned about your own safety or the safety of a loved one?
Then let this message build your faith today. Know this, that when you intercede, God establishes boundaries or walls of protection around you and yours. See that happening in the spirit realm. Grasp hold of the truth that Jesus is your "strong tower from the enemy." He is your "high tower." He is the wall of protection surrounding you called - "Salvation." And He is the "wall of fire " that is around you.
It is God's desire that you believe in the power of His Son's Name - JESUS - and that you use it to build walls of protection around yourself and others.
Think about this! One of the meanings of the Hebrew word for intercession - paga - is boundary or border. When you intercede, you are marking territory as your own - whereunto the devil and his demonic powers cannot enter or break through.
Therefore, pray, O Saints of God, pray! There is such power in your prayers. Don't let up! Someone's life or safety may be dependent on them.
May God Bless His Word.