I believe we are in a kairos season, a season of awakening and a season of Selah.
The whole world has experienced the intense shaking of uncertainty as the coronavirus has swept towns, cities and countries alike. This has caused an unprecedented ripple effect on our economies and way of life. “We’re all in this together” has never been more true than it is now. Everything that can be shaken has been shaken in this season. However, this season is no surprise to God, and I believe there is treasure in this place waiting to be discovered.
Saul the Persecutor
Let’s talk about Saul of Tarsus for a moment. He called himself the Pharisee of Pharisees and went around persecuting the first century church. He’s the very one who stood around holding the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen, the first martyr of the early church, and the very man that God met in an extraordinary way on the road to Damascus. We find his story in Acts 9.
Saul was completely convinced that he was doing good and protecting the purity of his religion and honoring his God by ridding the earth of the pestilence that was the early church. He passionately felt that it was his duty – his calling – to do this. He knew it in his bones, and yet history shows that he was completely deceived and walking in great darkness.
It wasn’t until he came face-to-Face with Jesus that he could finally see. That brief encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus shook him to his knees, making him physically blind for a few days. It was merely an outer manifestation of his spiritual blindness.
A Divine Selah
It was a divine selah moment for Saul – a time to pause and think of the path his life was on, a time to repent, a time to rededicate his life to truth – a time of Godly fear and awe.
We know that God had great plans for Saul. While Saul was blind, and staying on the road called Straight, God called a man named Ananias to go and lay hands on Saul so he could receive his sight back. Ananias was understandably shocked. He reminded the Lord that Saul had persecuted the church severely.
I can see Ananias shaking his head and saying, “Are you really, really sure Lord?” The Father shared that He would show Saul just how much he would have to suffer for His name. That seemed to satisfy Ananias, so he obediently went and prayed for Saul, and his sight was restored.
After Saul’s conversion he taught for a time among the disciples in Jerusalem but began receiving death threats. He was sent by the brothers to Tarsus and spent three years in Arabia. It was there that he received a name change. Saul the persecutor of the church became Paul, a man after God’s own heart and the author of two-thirds of our New Testament.
It’s All In The Name
The name Saul means “asked for” or “inquired of God.” The name Paul means “small” or “humbled.”
Saul went from being a Pharisee of Pharisees who depended upon his own wisdom to being a man humbled by the forgiveness, love and grace of God.
We need to remember the state the church was in during this time. They were on the other side of Pentecost, full of the Holy Spirit, full of the love of God, walking in miracles, and on the run – scattered to the four corners of the Earth due to persecution. And just as the Father had Ananias pray for Saul, I’m willing to bet there were others He prompted to pray for Saul even before Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus. I believe their prayers helped to create a kairos moment of clarity and revelation for Saul. We are still experiencing the impact of that encounter today.
This brings me to my overall point for today. Who has committed themselves to praying for the Sauls of our generation? Who has committed to pray for those in powerful places in our government, schools, and other high places that are rife with demonic oppression and darkness?
I believe we are in another kairos moment.
There are two Ancient Greek words that define the concept of time – chronos and kairos.
Chronos measures time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, years etc. while kairos measures time in the best moments of life, measuring the quality of time. It does not measure minutes, but it measures moments.
In archery, kairos denotes the moment in which an arrow may be fired with sufficient force to penetrate a target. In weaving, kairos denotes the moment in which the shuttle could be passed through threads on a loom.
It is the moment in time where light can penetrate darkness. It is a moment where the web of lies that have ensnared so many can be invaded by the silver stands of truth and mercy.
How many Sauls are waiting for us to lift our voices to Heaven, so they can have a face-to-Face encounter with the King of kings? We are called to bring the Kingdom of Light down to the kingdoms of this Earth and the only way I know to do this is through persistent prayer.
Watch Out for the Piranhas!
I decided to get back involved with Twitter a few months ago. I can’t tell you how shocked I was to see such stark division. I’ve never seen so much hate, slander and back-biting in my life. Some things never change. Acts 9 tells us that even before his conversion Saul was breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. Many days I’ve walked away from reading all the posts on social media just disturbed and feeling like I’ve been slimed. There are folks that are trying to be the voice of reason and light right now, but for the most part it’s like watching piranha in a feeding frenzy.
Ephesians 6:12 encourages us to remember that we are NOT wrestling against flesh and blood but against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Their sole goal is to destroy ALL OF US – not the democrats, not the republicans, not the socialists, not the USA, China or any other country but ALL OF US. He has done a fine job of making us attack each other mercilessly. So many, like Saul, believe in their heart of hearts that they are right, and they are willing to fight to the death to defend their stance. The last time I checked John 10:10 satan is still the one who kills, steals and destroys, and I see his fingerprints all over this season. However, he still bows the knee to God, and our Father will bring beauty from the ashes and bring those dry bones back to life once more!
Remain Passionate and Free
This morning during my quiet time I happened to read Luke 21:34-36. There’s never been a more appropriate scripture for the times we are living in now. I love how it’s said in the Passion Translation:
“Be careful that you never allow your hearts to grow cold. Remain passionate and free from anxiety and the worries of this life. Then you will not be caught off guard by what happens. Don’t let me come and find you drunk or careless in living like everyone else. For that day will come as a shocking surprise to all, like a downpour that drenches everyone, catching many unaware and unprepared. Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.”
So many have prophesied that there is a billion-soul harvest coming. A revival to rival all revivals. To my knowledge there has never been a revival that wasn’t preceded by prayer and repentance. The whole earth is groaning, waiting for the sons of God to arise. Before we can rise, before we can shine, we too must bow our knee to the Father.
Ask the Lord for wisdom as to how to pray in this kairos moment. Ask God to fill you with all love, wisdom and insight as you partner with Him on behalf of those who are walking in darkness, but before doing any of that, we must ask God to search our hearts first. We must make sure that our hearts haven’t grown cold, passionless, and weighed down by anxiety and worry. We must ensure that we are standing before Him with clean hearts, clean hands and no agenda of our own and repent of anything He shows us. We’ve got to take time to deal with the things He shows us, knowing that He loves us more than life itself and wants to see us walk in everything He has destined on His heart for us. It is no mistake that we were born for this time, and for this season. We have a powerful part to play in His story.
He wants to fill our mouths in this kairos season to shake nations, bring order out of chaos, and recovery of sight to the blind.
Let’s humble ourselves and pray.
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Lori Anderson-Bowen is the co-director for SC-C3 in Charleston and a publisher with Best Version Media. Her passion is to see the Church connect with the heart of God in practical, life-giving ways and to see generations impacted for Christ. She can be reached at LBowen@bestversionmedia.com.