The Australian news media spent days reporting on the incident.
For many of us, acts of terror are no longer a distant report, but a near and present reality.
5 Prophetic Responses to the Threat of Terrorism
As I have been praying this week, the following verse has been coming to mind:
‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.’ (1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV)
It’s time for the church to take a prophetic stance on current events.
What is a prophetic stance? It is finding out what is on Father’s heart and what His intention is. And then, declaring it, praying it and acting upon it
1. It’s Time to Set the Atmosphere
What is present reality in the Kingdom of God? My Bible tells me that the atmosphere in God’s Kingdom is ‘righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17)
The environment of God’s Kingdom cannot be changed by the circumstances of earth. Instead, it has the power to change the atmosphere around us.
We need to be intentional about the atmosphere that we allow and set in our lives, families, homes, work and ministries.
Global media is pouring out constant reports of acts and threats of terror; not only overseas, but for many of us, in our own nations. Along with it we are being fed a dose of journalistic opinion—some of which is feeding fear and prejudice.
Whether it is via our TV or our mobile media, it is right in our face.
Will you allow the media to set the atmosphere and thought patterns about current events in your life and in your home? Or will you turn to God’s Word for the truth about what is taking place?
2. It’s Time to Move in the Opposite Spirit
The most powerful thing we can do in the face of spiritual warfare is to move in the opposite spirit of what the enemy is doing.
Is fear and intimidation coming against us? It is time to rise up in faith and boldness. (1 Pet 5:8-9)
Are we being tempted to prejudice and to regard people in suspicion? This is a time to express friendship and trust to our Muslim neighbours. We do not agree with their beliefs, but we do believe in their value as individuals and as a people. They are loved and precious to the Father and part of our community.
At a time where many negative words are being spoken, this is our opportunity to speak prophetic words of life concerning our Father’s intention for the nations and our own locality.
3. It’s Time to Pray
Esther and Mordecai lived at a time when an enemy executed a threat of death and destruction to God’s people. That threat was signed and sealed, but God intervened through the petition and intercession of Esther.
You are here ‘for such a time as this.’ (Esther 4:14)
What are you praying for?
One of the things I am praying for is that just as Saul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, would-be terrorists are arrested in their tracks by a confrontation with Jesus Christ. 
It’s time to rise up and pray. Prayer releases the power of God for His intended outcome to take place.
4. It’s Time to Exercise Authority
In Exodus 7, we read how God instructed Aaron, through Moses, to throw his staff down before Pharaoh. As he did, it became a serpent. When the sorcerers of Egypt threw their rods down, they also became serpents. This was the enemy’s declaration of power, but Aaron’s rod swallowed up those of the magicians. (Ex 7:8-12)
There was simply no competition.
As Aaron did, we can exercise our God-given authority over the threats, warnings and intimidation coming against us. We can use warnings—whether prophetic warnings or those of evil intent—to spur us to declare God’s intention.
5. It’s Time to get Intentional about Sharing the Gospel
In Revelation 12, the dragon wages war on the earth, ‘filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.’ (Rev 12:12)
I believe it is no coincidence that in recent times, twin evils of disease (Ebola) and death (IS) have been unleashed upon the earth.
I have said it before: my view on end times is that for the generation alive on the earth today, this is the last days. They will never have another opportunity to learn of salvation in Jesus.
And we will never have another opportunity to share it with them.
It is time for we the church to wake up to the extraordinary opportunity that is ours. Threat of terrorism, or opportunity for faith? We choose.
 For 7 faith-filled prayer strategies, see the post, Prophetic Warnings (Terrorist Attacks) and Calls to Pray for our Nation
It’s your turn: what is your own prophetic response to current events? What is happening in your own nation or locality? I would love to hear from you. Leave a note in the comment box below: if the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
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