Pray for London
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Ps 23:4)
Traveling Where Evil Lives
Recently I was speaking to a friend about traveling. I shared how I was planning a business trip to London, England. He’s former military and has traveled through London frequently, so he shared how different the city has become. Parts of the city he explained are no longer considered safe. The conversation turned to how dangerous travel could be these days irrespective of geography. He explained in detail how the concealed weapons laws of each state dictate his travel route when he travels across state lines in the United States. Wherever he goes if the laws permit, he has a loaded handgun on his person or in the car. States that are more stringent are avoided, even if that precaution increases the overall distance he must travel. He jokingly said he’d strap an armed police officer on his back if it was legal.
The next morning he emailed me a news article to illustrate his point. It said that London had achieved the unlikely status of surpassing New York’s murder rate for the first time in history. And the rate of murders in the capital city show no signs of slowing. Knives and machetes are the primary weapons being used. Currently a stabbing occurs every ninety minutes with 12 victims murdered in less than three weeks in March. The crimes are occurring mostly among teenagers and young adults, many of whom are involved in gangs. Fear has gripped some communities, and some young people are now carrying knives for protection, which increases the likelihood of another stabbing if an altercation does ensue. The Mayor of London is increasing police patrols to specifically search for people carrying knives illegally on their person. Although the article was timely, I am not really overly concerned for my safety while traveling to London.
“Get out of your country…”
While doing devotions earlier that week, I read “Get out of your country and go to a place I will show you…” (Genesis 12:1). It was anointed so I asked, “Lord what are you telling me? Does country represent my work and You’re moving me to another industry? Or are You calling us to the mission field? ” I had no idea and completely forgot about it. That night another friend called and asked me to fly to London and I agreed. I didn’t remember my earlier conversation with the Lord. The next day as I began my devotions I realized that God Himself was sending me to England. God had told me to get out of the country and twelve hours later I had a ticket to London! So I have no reason to worry I explained to my former military friend. I’m taking much better than a police officer with me to London.
The Opposite of Fear is Faith
Although you may not be traveling anytime soon, you should ask yourself these questions. What opportunities do I have in my own life to operate in faith versus fear? Are there areas of my life where the enemy has roared in like a lion? Are you currently walking through the Shadow of the Valley of Death? If you’re operating in fear in any area of your life it’s time to activate your faith! Activated faith destroys the power of fear in your life. The two can not coexist for long in the life of the believer. Take a look back at where the Psalmist draws his comfort in Psalm 23. He will not fear because God is with him. So rejoice child of God! God is with you! You have no reason to fear! Like the psalmist David, get your focus off your giants and recognize when you come against your enemies in the name of the Lord of hosts, you will prevail! The battle is the Lord’s!
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”” (I Samuel 17:45)
“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (I Samuel 17:47)