Two nights ago we had SEVERE thunderstorms AGAIN (this seems to be happening on a more regular basis) and a tornado touch down only one mile from our house. We were awakened in the middle of the night by the sounds outside our window. We had a hard time going back to sleep and debated taking the kids to sleep in the basement. We prayed for the Lord's hedge of protection, for safety and the Lord's security over us. It wasn't long before we were drifting back to sleep, comforted by His Word. He answers prayers in MIGHTY ways.
Tonight, we were awakened by a different storm.We received a call from the neighbors to inform us that they had caught an intruder on their property. We were startled to say the least. This was not the first time we had petty theft in our neighborhood. However, this was the first time someone was caught in the act. We got up and checked everything outside. There was no damage to ours or our neighbors' property. The intruder had been caught in time. I began to feel an overwhelming comfort of God's hedge of protection around us! I pulled out God's sword of truth:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Thank you Lord for not only protecting us but for planting the seed in our hearts to pray for our enemies.