The last article I wrote was entitled: “Peter’s Pride and Grace Removal” and the last line read “It is only by the grace of God, that we stand.”
As I wrote that line, I was reminded me of a vision received recently by a humble prayer warrior of the Lord as she prayed for her Pastor. The Lord gave her a vision of her Pastor on his knees, with his head down, in travailing prayer. As the vision widened she saw that he was not alone, but was surrounded by a large uncounted ring of Satan’s fallen angels and demons, who were unleashing volley after volley, round and round, of spears, arrows, fiery darts and every conceivable missile at him. Yet no matter how many missiles the enemy threw at him, they all missed.
As long as the Pastor was on his knees in prayer and submitting everything he did, everything he was doing and everything he was going to do to the leadership and direction of the Holy Spirit, then he was safe from the enemy.
However, if the Pastor ever once stood to do anything in his own flesh and under his own abilities, it was quite clear that the enemy would kill him instantly and destroy all that he had ever achieved in his life.
Psalm 36:7 speaks well to this saying: “How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God ! And the sons of men take refuge under the shadow of Your wing.”
The only way to come before the Living God is on or knees, or flat on the ground with our faces down. The same is true in our daily lives, for “Jehovah is near to the broken-hearted; and saves those who are of a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18).
The Pastor in the above vision was only successful because he stood under grace. He received that grace from the Lord because of his total submission to God. He did not do, and he does not do, things which he thinks will please God – he only does that which God instructs him to do; in teachable obedience.
As a result, on his knees in ongoing travailing prayer, he is in refuge under the shadow of the Lord’s wing, and while there, the enemy can do nothing against him, or his works and ministry.
I believe we all can all learn from this vision.