Lights Camera! Action! This is the phrase that is used by a film crew at the beginning of the “take” on the set. This is the cue the actors listen for to know to be ready to move into their appropriate role. Hopefully they have studied and memorized their lines, so that the taping of the scene will go off without a hitch. In the previous blogs we discussed surrendering-dying to self; trusting God even when it doesn't make sense; and being ready-prepared to execute the strategy. These things must take place before we can take action.
The word action implies movement. In strategic prayer, you will find that at a certain point the Holy Spirit may shift the manner in which you are praying. For example, if someone asks you to pray for healing, you may start off praying general scriptures on healing, but while you are praying the Holy Spirit reveals that the issue is in the knee, or that the person needs to change their diet. This revelation will cause you to move your prayer in a different and more specific direction. You begin to take action against the root cause of the illness, vice dealing with it on the surface.
Taking action in prayer is also a proactive approach to warding off the plots and schemes of the enemy. We know he is constantly seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), so we need to strategically pray before the attack even occurs. Again, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us the need to take action. We may receive a prophetic word or dream or even a vision that will prompt us to take action.
Like Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, or whomever your favorite actor is, you must be ready to take action when you here the cue from the Holy Spirit. It is important that you have studied your lines-memorize scripture-so that you can use them in prayer. Starting your day in the word and prayer will help position you to hear the still small voice behind your ear saying this is the way, walk ye in it (Isaiah 30:21). When you receive that unexpected prayer request, you’ll be able to take action because your ear in your heart has been trained to hear the voice of God.
So when you hear lights, camera, action will you be ready to move into position in prayer, or will there need to be a “take 2”?
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!