When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
In the book of Ecclesiastes the Bible admonishes us of the seasons of life “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc 3:1).
Verse 4 of that same Ecclesiastes specifically says there is a time to weep and a time to laugh. Whether we like it or not life will never be a bed of roses. One of the realities of life is “down times”. The Bible admonishing us in John 16: 33B “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Recall that Job was a good man. The Bible even testified of his righteousness saying “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” In spite of his righteousness Job faced trying times. Job lost his farmlands. He lost a beautiful family. In a single day it looked like God turned against him because of his many afflictions.
Dear friend, in spite of the beautiful promises of God, once in a while we would have to face some test of faith even as believers. But listen to what the book of the Lord says in 1 Pet 5:10 “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”. This is the promise of God concerning you. Any suffering that lasts longer than a while is not a test of faith it is an affliction of the devil.
May I have you know dear friend that the devil is a really bad devil. When he takes a prisoner he messes up their lives completely. If you remember how he dealt with Samson you would really pity him. When he was done with him it was Samson who was begging to die with his enemies.
The devil has never released any man by himself. He seeks to hold his captives forever. Recall, how God delivered the children of Israel from the hands of the devil in Egypt. Until God caused the captors to be swallowed in the belly of the sea they were not going to allow the children of Israel their freedom. Whether you have been captured financially, maritally or spiritually today; It is my earnest prayer that your own turning point has come.
Knowing that the devil never let anyone go without a fight the question then is our do we enforce our changes?
The book of Obadiah 17 says “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” Where is mount Zion? Mount Zion is the mount of prayers. If you would like to see a change you must learn to really pray. Nothing is as powerful in causing a change as prayers. Prayer still changes lives. Permit me to tell you dear friend that a prayer-less life is an open invitation to spiritual captivity. Were it not for prayers, Paul would have been beheaded by the persecutors. Were it not for the prayers of Jesus, Peter, like Judas, would have lost eternal life. Were it not for prayers the widow of Nain who lost her only child would have lived in life-long sorrow. But the prayer of Jesus changed it all.
Would you like to experience a real turning point? I encourage you to get on your kneels in prayer. As you get on your kneels in prayers, search out a bible reference for the solution you seek. If you seek fruitfulness, search the scriptures as it pertains to Hannah and Sarah and “eat” those scriptures until they become flesh. If you seek financial prosperity read about Obed Edom. But by all means war in prayers.
Do not be silent. The devil your adversary is moving about on your case. Don’t ignore him also. Take the battle to his doorstep in your prayer room.
Cry for God's mercy this Season of Fasting and Prayer. Psalm 123:1-4
"Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt."