Open Our Eyes, Lord!

“They cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.” – 1 Chronicles 5:20b

“Mom, there were weird things going on in my room last night.”

My daughter, Isabelle, immediately had my attention. Trying to be nonchalant, though, I replied, “Oh, yeah. What kinds of things?”

“They were fighting.”

“Who was fighting, honey?”

“Ghosts. Girl ghosts and boy ghosts,” Isabelle said.

“Well, maybe, you just had a dream,” I told her.

“No, Mom. It was really happening.”

“What do you think they were fighting about?” I asked.

“They were trying to keep me in my room. My hands felt heavy. It was like they were holding onto me or something.”

“What did these ghosts look like, Belle?”

“Like Satan’s angels,” she replied.

“Isabelle, if that happens again, all you have to do is say the name, Jesus, aloud. You can pray, ‘God, I know you’re with me. I’m not afraid.’ The Lord will help you.”

As I tucked Isabelle into bed last night, I knelt down beside her and laid my right hand on her forehead. With great fervency, I declared the truth that Isabelle belongs to the Lord and that she is His child. I asked the Lord to encamp around her room and guard her life, stating that He is her Shield, Protector, Comforter, and Deliverer. Then, I thanked Him for His presence and authority in our home.

Isabelle’s experience was certainly a wake-up call for me. I needed that reminder there is more to life than what my physical eyes can see. We’re at war, and our enemy, Satan, has one goal – to destroy our families. The only way we can fight against him effectively is to pray. If we fail to cry out to God on behalf of our husbands, wives, children, parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, and friends, we’re basically giving Satan permission to wreak havoc in their lives.

Prayer is the weapon God gives us to overcome the forces of evil. Let’s not get so caught up in the things of this world that we forget to fight. Ask God to open your eyes so that you know how to pray. Then, get down on your knees and engage. There’s a battle to win.