Many years ago, I was praying by myself at the little church I attended in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I was walking around the sanctuary and praying in the Spirit, not really focusing on any particular issue, just focusing on the Lord. A scripture somehow floated through my mind:
Be angry, and do not sin… (Ephesians 4:26)
The scripture caused me to stop walking and say, “Lord, I’ve never understood that verse. How can I possibly be angry and not sin? It looks impossible to me.”
Almost immediately, a deep anger consumed me, causing me to pray in wild and scary tongues for forty-five minutes. As I prayed, I realized that I wasn’t angry at anyone, but instead, I was angry at Satan and his wicked horde of demons.
Here’s the revelation I received that day:
Anger is a work of the flesh, and therefore, a sin — unless — it is provoked by the Holy Spirit.
My prayer today:
Lord, help American believers to be slow to anger and to be ruled by the Holy Spirit so that we can change cities and neighborhoods. (Based on Proverbs 16:32)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.