by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
The unfolding events of our day place a deep sense of responsibility on the ecclesia to calibrate its prophetic vision to properly know how to judge and engage. We are now being called upon to increase the ascended revelatory knowledge of God’s prophetic counsel. We need to build a mature spiritual sense that allows us to discern not only the nature of the season, but also how we should respond to these panning realities.
As we continue to watch the unfolding war carnage in Ukraine, we need to believe God to grant us advance spiritual sight, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to act in a manner that will reflect more of the nature of Christ and his kingdom, rather than being soulish and self-centered in our judgment, and this can only be achieved through a well-mature prayer lifestyle.
Without a doubt, we all have a prism of seeing things that leads us to conclude that what we assume is right or wrong. However, the art of Christ-Centered kingdom-focused prayer invites us to see people, events, and things that are often confusing and difficult in their true nature and perspective. A notable example of what I am highlighting are the two characters at the front of today’s war in Ukraine, President Putin and Zelensky.
The nature of the season we have been ushered in will require us to increase our insight and understanding, especially as the proximity of the kingdom of God continues to shake our position and posture of ideologies. Being able to identify the right condition of things and people is a virtue that is critical in our time.
When situations, or individuals, are seen in their true character nature, it becomes a bit easy to know how to engage and approach them. Before we seek or even assume a solution, we need to understand why things are as they are.
When Joshua saw the Army of the Lord of Host, his first interaction shows the response of many of us, particularly in a time of war and great distress. He asked, are you for us or for our adversary? This is the position many have taken regarding this war. Many see this war from the point of the East against the West; Russians against Europe and America, but this is far from the truth.
NOW WHEN JOSHUA WAS NEAR JERICHO, HE LOOKED UP AND SAW A MAN STANDING IN FRONT OF HIM WITH A DRAWN SWORD IN HIS HAND. JOSHUA APPROACHED HIM AND ASKED, “ARE YOU FOR US OR FOR OUR ENEMIES?” JOSHUA 5:13.
It is a strong persuasion that praying in accordance with the mind and will of the Lord is to see things in their true image and nature. This saves us from being presumptive and prejudicial.
Making judgments is part of human nature. Daily, we can be called and invited to make decisions. However, making judgments according to the correct reality of things is an art of sound spiritual biblical maturity, which has developed in the place of prayer. Decisions that require deep knowledge beyond what is seen from a limited human perspective. How often do we see, hear or even experience situations, and we conclude completely different from the truth that heaven tends to reveal?
Presumption has caused a lot of unnecessary emotional pain, delays and frustrations in prayer or the search for answers. A wrong conclusion about the state of things will always hinder us from arriving at the right answer.
Events panning out now, especially between Rosia and Ukraine, demands we have the precise insight into what is going on. Analysis has continued to dissect what is going through certain ideologies and positions of fact, and they may be right to an extent, but what is truly going on?
To understand what is going on, we need explicit prophetic knowledge, and that only comes through the place of prayer, a prayer that is not biased or prejudicial, but one that is truth base, so we can arrive at the will and purpose of God. Therefore, we need to spend more time gaining the right knowledge and understanding of things and things, regardless of what maybe panning out is a deep manifestation of maturity.