My dear brethren, bought with the most precious blood of Jesus Christ and redeemed according to the good and perfect will of our Father in Heaven, grace, and mercy, and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ be ever so abundant towards you to establish you in holiness, loving one another in increasing measure, and fervent in spirit for all righteousness.
I want to ask all of you to join me in prayer this week and next leading up to and culminating on Halloween night.
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” So Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
My spirit is provoked this week as I see a country given over to darkness, to the deceiving spirits and mockery. Oh how my spirit grieves bitterly because the little children are handed over to this by their parents, like the abominations of Israel who “caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fires of Molech” (Jeremiah 32:35).
Tonight I was praying and weeping over the children of our neighbors who were playing outside, and for their families, and asking God to have mercy upon them, and I heard the Lord say, “will you have mercy upon them? Have I not committed the ministry of reconciliation unto my children in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit?”
So I’m asking for your prayer this week because I plan to go out on the streets this Halloween to preach Christ to the people whom God has placed and so predetermined so that as if “groping they may find Him” (Acts 17:27).
- Pray that these people would receive light in dark places!
- Pray that the gospel would bring life to those celebrating death!
- Pray that God would be hallowed by those who hallowed demonic deceptions!
- Pray for the parents!
- Pray for me, that I may have boldness abounding and a ready heart to preach the gospel of Christ with a sound mind in the anointing of the Holy Spirit!
I am not concerning myself with what will be said, nor the excuses that may be made, nor even with what accusations may be made; my heart is broken for those wandering in the darkness, who, not seeing, are falling into the pit by the snare of the enemy. Arraying themselves in images of death, darkness, and demonic natures, claiming to be of Christ, they are following all the deceptions of the enemy. But I know and am convinced that because Jesus loves us He said “be zealous and repent! Buy from me white raiments!” His body was broken and rent that we might be clothed with Christ! No greater love could there be that would cloth the miserable, wretched, poor, blind, and naked in fine linen garments than the love of Christ who clothed these with Himself!