Showing Up For Active Duty

Keep Showing Up

A Blog Post by Vicky McKim

I was thinking today about all the distractions we have that try to keep us from what we're actually called to. Some days it's my dad that needs bananas and milk; my mom that needs her ceiling fans dusted; my boss needs me to stay late and work on something; my sweet husband who can't remember how to send an email attachment or 1000 other things.

All these needs can be distractions to our spirit and leave us frazzled when they all come at the same time. Anybody relate?

I still get to choose what I do with my time. Showing up for those who need me, being there when I'm their only source, walking through those chaotic moments when I have to choose how to prioritize every need and still show up for active prayer duty gets frustrating sometimes. 

I know the tactics of the enemy are to dissuade me from being present and unifying with other believers during the weekly prayer times. But I still get to choose what I do with my time and what will add lasting value. Taking care of those immediate needs and then moving into prayer sometimes means we don't get the rest we feel we need. 

But isn't that often the way it is for soldiers on the battlefield overseas. I try to view my life through the lens of full-scale war. At least when I do this I feel like I make better choices with my time so I can make eternal impact on the people and region where I live. And sometimes the ceiling fan cleaning has to wait a few extra days.

War Room Mission Overview

In the natural realm, every kingdom or country needs a military force if it expects to protect its territory, boundaries and citizens.  Military forces can operate defensively or offensively.  As an example, taking Europe back from Hitler during World War II was an offensive operation for some nations and a defensive operation for nations like France and Russia.  England was on the defense too and successfully kept Hitler out, but at a very high cost. It was a cooperative effort of many nations in order to bring peace to the earth again.  Prayer was a very powerful weapon during this period.

The Kingdom of Heaven is similar to an earthly kingdom in this way. God has both defensive and offensive forces in His Kingdom. Think of what it looked like the day God launched a major offensive operation to take back the earth and its citizens. The strategy room of heaven was a buzz when God announced He was going to have a son and send Him to earth under a covert operation to take back the earth from enemy hands. I’m sure all the angels wondered what this would mean. It was a high cost and a great sacrifice in military terms.  The New Testament is full of evidence of the wonder, the exact execution of this military strategy and the effectiveness of the covert operation.

Military strategies to win the earth back are still being distributed in the heaven’s strategy room.   There are times you can literally feel the movement in the angelic realm. We know that God has a plan and is looking for agents and soldiers on the earth who want to be a part of this cosmic war to restore the earth to its original purpose. He wants to strip the enemy of his usurped authority which was revoked at the cross and set the plumb line of justice and righteousness in the nations.

The War Room of KHOP is just one expression of our willingness as a house to be a part of that cooperative force with God’s plan; following His lead, by praying His heart, until His purposes are achieved in the earth and the enemy’s impacts are reversed.