Thanks for your responses. Many words have been coming in that are helping in this discernment process. A number of them have been around seeking guidance about what the horseshoe nails may be in the causal chains of events that are needed for the success of terrorist plots for fulfilling Satan’s plans.
For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
Ask the Lord to reveal to you any other metaphorical horseshoe-nails that Satan needs to implement further terrorist attacks like what we just witnessed.
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We are in a time of the “hour of the power of darkness” when Satan is actively at work putting in place his plans for the outbreak of catastrophic evil in the world through the demonic strongholds of Radical Islam – The Islamic State Caliphate (ISIS) and the Islamic Republic of Iran and their proxies. It is critical that we determine what are the “horseshoe nails” in God’s plans to defeat Satan’s plans.
There were a number of suggestions as to what this may be. But I received a note from Rod Pinder in Florida who pointed us in a very helpful direction. It is that WE are the horseshoe nails in God plans to defeat the strongholds of Radical Islam and Satan’s plans
On the other side of the battle, WE are horseshoe nails, too. Our failure in prayer, faithfulness or obedience may seem insignificant, but they can be like crucial nails. In fact I thought that was the primary meaning of the word Laura received. For me the poem functions as a call to diligence.
This is spot on! And a call to prayer. While we may never know the chains of events in Satan’s plans, God does! And he calls us by our prayer and prophetic actions to be the chains of events in His plans. That is where we come in.
How the Holy Spirit called me to be the horseshoe-nail for what God was doing
Actually I just had an experience of this not related to our prayer battle with Radical Islam but none the less illustrative of the principle of our being a horseshoe nail or a part of God’s plans.
This happened a week ago. I was driving to church when suddenly I received the strong guidance that I was to pray for my older daughter Elizabeth, who lives in Oklahoma. She, with her husband, helps lead worship at an evangelical church off the Army base.
The urgent prayer was for protection for her in leading worship and for a breaking through of what felt like a large wet blanket that had been placed over the congregation and the worship team preventing them from moving into giving praise to Jesus Christ.
With this was the funny feeling that I needed to be a special shield of protection for my daughter as she was stepping into worship leadership. I did not have any further guidance so just prayed in tongues for the rest of the trip to church – about 15 minutes.
Then just as I arrived I had the strong nudge to call her and leave a message on her phone. Frankly, I felt a little silly doing all this.
Then Elizabeth called that afternoon and thanked me for praying. She said, “Daddy! That was so cool! God really used you! Thank you…” She told me that Adam, who is in a command position in the Army, had to unexpectedly go onto the base early that morning and had not been able to get back in time to join in leading worship.
Elizabeth had felt very unprotected without her husband there, and had felt very confused and disorientated getting to church with the three boys. When she arrived if felt like Satan had put a wet blanket over the congregation and especially over the worship team. But then suddenly all that had lifted about the time that I had started praying for her.
They ended up having a glorious time of worship, exalting Jesus.
Wow! I was the horseshoe nail in God’s plans to protect my daughter in worship leadership when her husband had to step out from what is normally his role.
Let’s apply this to the situation in Jesus’ war defeating the demonic strongholds of Radial Islam. In these vast, unfolding plans of Jesus Christ countering Satan’s plans, Jesus may need our prayers at a particular moment for a particular issue. I have been getting this a lot lately.
“Just pray, pray now!” Often I do not know how to pray. As I have no other guidance, I pray in tongues and let the Holy Spirit pray through me. He knows exactly what God’s plans are, exactly how to defeat Satan’s schemes. Sometimes when praying in the Spirit, if I need to know, the Holy Spirt will just let me give me specifics, like: block that person from making it to the meeting on time, or bind that demon of murder, or now pray for confusion and communication breakdowns among the demons coordinating the deceived human beings through whom they are working their evil.
In all this we may be the horseshoe nails. Our role is to pray as prompted to do and leave the rest up to God.
We will just need to trust him that He is using our prayers to make a difference. Experiences such as I had with my daughter, where she could call confirm that my prayers were on target, should deepen our faith for trusting when dealing with issues where we do not have that kind of confirmation.
I share this with you just to deepen your faith and to encourage you to pay attention to those crazy nudges calling us into prayer.
Merry Christmas! To all of you! And thanks for joining in this great prayer battle so that the meaning of Christmas may be preserved for future generations.
P.S. If you have not seen my Christmas greeting thanking all of you for your participation in this great work of advancing the Kingdom of God please click here. I want you to know how much I appreciate you joining in this work of prayer.