Last May, when Linda and I were at a cottage, our car was strafed.
The word strafe refers to being machine-gunned from a low-flying aircraft. During WWII, allied troops regularly came under deadly machine gun and cannon fire from Luftwaffe planes like the Junkers Ju-87.
Our car wasn’t hit by bullets from a machine gun; it was strafed by a flock of low-flying Canada geese. They nailed the windshield and hood of our Taurus. Even Luftwaffe pilots would have been impressed with their incredible precision.
After the aerial onslaught, the car was a mess but there was no real damage. When I came out and saw it, I had to laugh.
But Christians experience another kind of strafing that is no laughing matter. I’m referring to the spiritual bombardment we come under from Satan—“the prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2). The apostle Paul makes it clear we live on a spiritual battlefield and can expect to be fired on by the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). We will be bombarded with the “flaming darts of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16).
Satan attacks us with a variety of weapons; three of the most potent include temptation (the pull towards sinful disobedience), condemnation (accusations of our past failings) and intimidation (attempts to paralyze us through fear).
Linda and I have learned there are seasons of life and ministry when spiritual strafing seems to intensify. Often these attacks increase at times of significant ministry engagement and fruitfulness. Satan steps up his efforts when God’s kingdom is advancing. We wind up feeling “hard pressed on every side” (2 Cor. 4:8).
What should we do when we are being spiritually strafed? The Bible’s answer is twofold: we are to stand firm and we are to pray hard!
We stand firm by putting on the spiritual armour God provides for our protection: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:14-16).
We pray hard by praying “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” We pray for ourselves and “for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18-20).
Are you currently being strafed as a follower of Christ? Don’t run; stand firm with God’s help. Don’t panic; pray.
Linda and I sense we are in one of those times of intensified spiritual strafing. We’d ask you to pray for us as we continue to stand firm and serve the Lord.
Last week in chapel I preached on Warfare Prayer from Ephesians 6:18. You can listen to the message on Heritage’s website. Click here.