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"The Eastern Flow of Intercession" (Part Three)

          The Prophet Ezekiel wades in the "sacred flow" of living water that comes from the temple altar and continues to flow out into the "desert of the world". Ezekiel wades in intervals of 1,000 cubits. Now at 3,000 cubits we read in Ezek. 47:4B, "Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade; the water was up to my waist." A maturing intercessor whose life is more "immersed" in God is called to pray into yet another area of need. In Ephesians chapter six, St. Paul exhorts the Ephesians to put on the armor of God in the battle against evil. At one point he says, "Stand fast, with the truth as the belt around your waist" (Eph. 6:14--NAB, 1970 trans.).         

          For a Roman soldier, the belt at the waist was the 'unifying point' where various pieces of his clothing and armor came together (including the string ties of the breastplate). The belt at the waist was the first thing put on before the other pieces. The belt also held the scabbard where the sword was placed. How imperative it is for an intercessor's life to be rooted in truth at all times--the truth of God's word (the sword of the spirit), and the truth that is the foundation of righteousness--and, hence, holiness. The word of God tells us that "God is love" (1 John 4:8). God is also Truth! Ephesians 4:21 tells us, "Truth is in Jesus"; and , in John 14:6 Jesus states, "I am the way and the truth, and the life.":

"God is Truth itself, whose words cannot deceive. This is why one can abandon oneself in full trust to the truth and faithfulness of His word in all things."

(CCC 215)

          In The Book of Revelation, John beholds the crucified-resurrected Lamb of God poised for spiritual war:

"Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was [called] "Faithful and True"…the armies of heaven followed him."

(Rev. 19:11,14)

At times intercessors, living in union with the Lamb of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, are called to 'wage war' against the unseen entities of the kingdom of darkness, and various aspects that manifest as lies, deceptions and distortions by the dragon. The word of God tells us that "God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). Another name for the armor of God--of which the belt of truth is part of--is the "armor of light" (Rom. 13:12). This spiritual armor and weaponry is of God:

"For the weapons of our battle are not flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses."

(2 Cr. 10:4)

These weapons expose the tactics and deeds of darkness and  oppose them successfully. Jesus himself, anointed with the Holy Spirit, is the "Ultimate Weapon" in spiritual battle. Recall the question that the unclean spirit asks of Jesus in Mark 1:24: "Have you come to destroy us?"; and, recall the words of 1John 3:8: "Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil".

          In the opening prayer for mass on the 13th Sunday of Ordinary time we pray:

 "that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth" (R.M., collect, 13th Sunday, p. 327).

Today, both in our nation and world, there is an onslaught of error. Intercessors are being called to pray, in love, for truth to prevail in this "blitzkrieg". Perhaps an acronym for the word, light, might be:

"L.iving I.n G.od's H.oly T.ruth". As intercessors, our lives must always be grounded in intimate relationship with the God of 'light', 'truth' and 'holiness'--and 'love'; for, love is our greatest weapon!

          We have received the Spirit of truth. He is the living water who flows from the wounded side--the breached "Temple wall"  of Jesus' Body-- from the "Altar of his Heart": "When he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth"(John 16:13). Intercessors must live in God's holy truth at all times. We beg God in prayer for others--that they may make the Passover from lies, deception and error into the 'bright light of truth'. Both authentic holiness and righteousness find their foundation in God who is Truth. Without truth--without God--there can be neither a genuine holiness nor a righteousness that is conformity to God's will(see Eph. 4:24). 

(To be continued)


1) Has God revealed an area of my life where I have been living in deception?

2) Am I praying for anyone right now who needs to make a Passover from lies and deceit to truth?


Any scripture from the text; Gal. 5:7-8; Eph. 1:13; Eph. 4:15; 2    Ts. 2:13.



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