We need to take on the dual character of Jesus.
Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, but He is also the Lamb of God. The Lord began to speak to my heart about learning to pray as a lion and as a lamb.
Praying as a Lamb
In 1st Samuel, when David’s wives had been taken captive and the people talked about stoning him, he encouraged himself in the Lord. I’m positive that this is praying as a lamb. He encouraged himself in the Lord by saying things like, “God, You are my Prince of Peace, my Strong Tower, my Healer, my Provider. You are my Shepherd.” He worshipped God. And after that, he didn’t go chase after the enemy right then. He went to the throne room for fresh direction.
You find it over and over in Judges where the children of Israel as a lamb asked counsel from God. Pray as a lamb to worship God and hear from Him.
Praying as a Lion
When you hear the Lord tell you to pursue like He told David in 1st Samuel, you don’t go out to fight as a lamb. There has to be a fight stand up in you. You have to go toe-to-toe with the devil and say, “I’m coming in the authority of Jesus. I’m coming with the power of the Lamb of God. I’m coming with a Word from Heaven.”
In Judges, when the children of Israel got their answer from the Lord, they didn’t walk out of the Presence of the Lord as a lamb. They got their strongest weapons, put on their armor, and went out to fight as a lion.
Praying as both Lion and Lamb
I’m not being mean here, but we have a mixture of people. Some pray all as a lion and some pray all as a lamb. But what if we could pull these two together inside of each one of us? We go before God as a lamb to get His attention and get His Spirit moving. When God speaks, we go out of the throne room as a lion with authority from God to come against the enemy battling us or our loved ones.
The amazing part is that we don’t even have to get off our knees. We can walk out of the throne room and into a hospital room without even leaving our altar. We can walk into a situation where the devil is trying to devour and destroy and never get up from our altar.
We can’t really pray if we don’t know who God is.
He is the I Am. He is the Almighty, the First, the Last, the Beginning, the End, the Good Shepherd, and the Bread of Life. When you understand who He is, upon that revelation He will build a church that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against.
But the gates of Hell never come against you, if you ever get involved with the gates of Hell, you have to go to them.
God is going to raise up a church that doesn’t hide in the sanctuary, but goes out into the darkness. A church that takes the battle to the devil with the spirit of a lion.
We don’t stand against the devil as a lamb. We fight against him as a lion.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
- Revelations 5:4-6
- 1 Samuel 30:5-8
- Judges 20: 18, 23
- Judges 1:1
- Matthew 18:18
- Hebrews 10:12-13
- James 4:7
- Matthew 11:12
- Hebrews 11:34
- 2 Kings 7:3
- 1 Samuel 17:44-46