How do you make a big impact in the kingdom of God?
In Nehemiah, they rebuilt the wall that had been torn down for 150 years. They had actually tried to repair the wall, but they failed. Have you ever embarked on a really large project and it’s really just bigger than you, bigger than anything you can imagine? You just start working on it and it’s too big to overcome.
Well, actually the only way to overcome a huge project like that is to break it down into the smallest steps. The baby-est steps that anyone can carry out. That’s what Nehemiah did. He had each person just repair the wall outside their home. “So our city walls are torn down. What if we repair the walls just in our two next door neighbors? One to the left and one to the right? What if we just worked on those?”
What they found out is the enemy doesn’t like restoration. The enemy doesn’t want us to repair broken down people or repair and take away strongholds. No, the enemy, in fact, wants us with our defences down and easily attacked. He wants our neighbours to stay in bondage; and because of that, he sends in obstacles and threats and all kinds of barriers into our path.
So what Nehemiah did was say, “Hey we gotta fight against the enemy who is trying to come in, but keep working at the same time.” A lot of times we’re either all throwing down in fighting, or we all have our tools and we’re working. So what we need to do is do what Nehemiah did. What he did was he said, “Hey. I need to have three hands holding a weapon and defeating and fending off the enemy so that the worker with one hand can keep busy and continue his work.” So for every four hands, four hands defended against the enemy and one hand did the work.
If we wanna see the compounding effects of God’s work in our world, we’ve gotta have three hands with a sword and one hands doing the work. Today, what that means is in our session praying, those people that are praying continuously without stop, they’re holding back forces that we can’t see in the spirit realm—darkness—for those doing all the labor. They’re actually kind of clearing the roadway if you will. If there was a major traffic jam on an interstate but you couldn’t see it—let’s just say your car stopped and you can’t actually see that there’s a major traffic jam. That’s like the spirit realm. There’s a traffic jam and the only way to clear it is through prayer because God’s angels will come and push back that darkness.
So when we wanna see the compounding effects of God’s work in the things that we’re doing, we need to assign people that are called and equipped and gifted with prayer and have them intercede on our behalf while we’re doing the work.