August 16, 2019 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
I received a troubling message this week from an intercessor who used to live in Dayton, Ohio 10 years ago as an outreach worker. One night she and her co-worker were canvassing that very area downtown when the Lord showed her that a mass shooting was going to happen in that district in the future. She even saw the pile of shoes:
“I saw the picture…and told him there would be a mass shooting there. I saw those shoes piled up in a heap. My co-worker said, ah, that won’t happen…the police are stationed right here in the district. And dismissed what I saw. I stood there and prayed against it. I prayed for a quick response from the police.”
She went on to say that, had she asked her church to pray about this, they would have thought she was crazy. For various reasons, she felt no one took her seriously and found no agreement for prayer. That was ten years ago.
When she wrote me on the day of the shootings, she had been weeping all day feeling the grief of this tragedy that may have been averted had her prophetic unction been taken seriously. Thankfully, I believe her lone prayer reached heaven because the police response was quick – exactly what she had prayed for!
For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.” (Isaiah 21:6 ESV)
God surely does speak to His people and reveals secrets and strategic intelligence to those who listen. The question is, do we recognize them? How do we tell them apart from the false alarms? There are many voices crying wolf these days with no fruit and no indication they’ve heard a pure word from the Lord. Then there are those like this – authentic alerts that come from heaven – and go unheeded, with tragic results.
I suggest we need more corporate clarity when it comes to discerning Holy Spirit’s voice. We need to walk in the fear of the Lord when we do consider sharing a possible warning and then respond through prayer. We don’t necessarily have to broadcast it – it only takes a few to come together in agreement. Know that even your own simple prayer has great power to avert the darkness and bring aid, just as this intercessors’ prayer did!
Let’s pray that we will have the eyes and ears of good watchman and rightly discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray that we would discern between true warnings and false alarms. Let’s pray that those who receive these alerts would sound the alarm with wisdom and courage. Let’s pray that, together, we will have greater corporate clarity in order to recognize and heed the watchman’s voice when it truly counts.