“Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (Psalm 144: 1).
For a period of fifteen years, I worked for the school system. One of the roles I had to perform was being part of the school’s Safety Team.
With the increasing number of school shootings, the Director of Risk Management, as well as members of the district’s security team and police department, joined us in developing an action plan in the event an armed intruder broke into the school.
First, in a stressful situation, they showed us the aerial map of the school, asked us to write our name on a piece of paper, and put it in the place where we were at 9:00 a.m. that morning. (This was a drill.) Then they told us that at 9:05 in the morning the husband of a teacher who had a restraining order against him had gotten into the school grounds and was walking towards her classroom with a gun. In the case of being the first to see it, each of us was asked what we were going to do. After some correct and incorrect responses, the appropriate action plan was drawn up.
They explained the measures we should take and how we had to always be alert, because at the least expected moment, an armed intruder could enter the school grounds. Among other things, they stressed the importance of always having with us our identification card, the electronic access card to the building, the keys, and the radio intercom.
Amid that stressful training, I gave all this a spiritual application, since there is an armed intruder who seeks to destroy our children. As women of prayer, we must always be alert.
- We must know who we are in the Lord Jesus and seek to get closer and closer to His likeness (identity card).
- Constant prayer gives us access to His presence (electronic access card to the building).
- He has given us the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and power to bind and loose (keys).
- We can call Him in moments of despair and anguish, and He will always respond to us. That is why we must do everything possible to maintain communion with Him (radio intercom).
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
We cannot feel comfortable and confident, while the enemy enters through the doors that we least expected, to steal and kill what we love the most. The Lord gives us the plan of action:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8).
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).
As prayer warriors, we have a high calling to cover every moment of the lives of our loved ones. Our Lord Jesus has our back!
“Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).