Did you know that the devil draws lines? He establishes a demarcation over territory that he rules.
Our city has been carved up by the enemy. He has been at work creating areas where his jurisdiction rules. I know you must have experienced the same as I, you sense a change of atmosphere in certain streets or neighborhoods; there is nothing to see, but your spirit records that you have moved into a different atmosphere.
What you sense are particular areas that are controlled by the power of the enemy through his demons. They move about to do the will of Satan, causing every manner of sin and wickedness. Unfortunately, they can find people to cooperate and do whatever the demons desire and so next morning, Satan's most sensational acts are the headlines of the latest criminal activity. Unrecorded, are countless other criminal acts against the laws of God. Rebellion and sin grow like weeds so that people live in fear and hostility. The only remedy is Jesus!
City Reachers has always focused upon prayer. We know that God answers prayer and he is waiting to reveal strategy to those who will pray His plans to defeat the enemy on his own turf. You may be living in one of these neighborhoods or perhaps fearfully aware of these publicized locations. If you are a believer, stand up in the authority that God has put upon you! We are here for purpose; here to change the atmosphere to bring heaven down through our prayers into the ordinary lives of San Antonians who suffer so much at the hand of the enemy. The Lord is calling the praying people across the city to focus prayer upon these needy areas where the enemy struts thinking that he owns them.
If you are a believer, walking with the Lord, you have nothing to fear. The Lord is your strong tower, your shield and keeper and he never slumbers or sleeps. You are safe under the shadow of the Almighty! You are indwelt by the Mighty One who has defeated our common foe. You can go forth with confidence proclaiming the name of the Lord over every place of darkness!
Politicians will talk about programs, funding, and suggest many reasons for high crime rates such as drugs, violence, poverty, unemployment and poor education; but I suggest that they are not the cause, they are the symptoms of the violent onslaught of the enemy upon defenseless people. He pollutes the atmosphere and invades society. Certainly we need to address these social issues but the solution is Jesus, his hands and feet are the church, the believing people who know that they are more than conquerors though our Lord Jesus Christ.
Concerted prayer walking must be established across our city. Remember that God told Joshua, when he was about to invade enemy territory, "Every place that the sole of your foot will tread I have given to you...No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life...Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go'" (Josh 1:3,5,9. - ESV)
What great encouragement! God is in the business of reclaiming land and driving out enemies and He wants to do it for us and through us. You don't need to go far, just take responsibility for your own street. Your street can become your mission field. Rise up in faith, God will give you fruit.
We need to follow the advice given to Timothy, first pray for leaders and all people that the environment would be conducive to people coming to the Lord.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, ... that we may lead a peaceable and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way ... who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1Tim 2:1,2,4. - ESV)
Walk and pray! Pray for salvations, pray for the atmosphere to change so people will be open to the gospel and ready to truly commit their lives to Jesus, pray for Believers to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. I long to see such radical salvations that new believers will also become carriers of the presence of God into our world. Jesus said "you are the light of the world", that light was intended for this dark world. Let it shine!
Demons love darkness, as you carry the light of Jesus up and down your street praying as you go, you will see change. Light overcomes the darkness! The Holy Spirit will guide you and as you make yourself available, he will instruct you how to pray. Your presence will disrupt the carefully laid plans of the enemy and you will trample upon his lines of control. What joy to pray the prayers the Holy Spirit inspires! God will hear us. Together we can see the glory of God come down, .....that we may lead a peaceable and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way ..... (1Tim 2:,4. - ESV) The harvest will be gathered, the demons controlling the streets will be given notice and run for their lives!