Isaiah 45:1 was written about a pagan king that God used as His instrument, “…to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him te double doors, so that the gates will not be shut.”
God’s promise in verses 2-3 was, “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.”
The above verses are a great illustration of the power of intercession. The Lord uses us as His instruments to break the iron bands that hold prisoners captive. Psalm 105:18 was about Joseph. The Amplified says, “His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron.” How descriptive of one bound in sin.
Luke 4:18 says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” The Amplified says of the oppressed, “…(who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”
How many do you know that are oppressed? The present worldwide crises certainly has increased that number. The Lord is a Strategist. He has an army, us, at His command. Paul told the folks in Ephesus to pray without ceasing. Jesus told His disciples why they couldn’t help the young epileptic. Matthew 17:20 says, “…Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Did you notice the condition? When we pray His words that are hidden in our heart. All our abiding-communion with Him is through His word. He is watching over His word to perform it. It will never return to Him void. When we pray His word, He directs it like a deadly arrow right into the enemy’s bullseye.
Psalm 149:6-9 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetter of iron; to execute on them the written judgment–this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!” We intermingle praise with intercession.
2 Timothy 2:25-26 says this about captives, “…if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” See how opposite this is to what God has called us to do? We glorify Him when we do His will. Of course, satan will use every deceptive temptation to derail us.
The prodigal son is a picture of hope for all prodigals. We can pray this word over them. Luke 15:17-18 says, “But when he came to himself, he said…”I will arise and go to my father…” Let us intercede for those in our lives, our nation, and the world that we see are held captive. Jesus came to set the captives free, and He has called us to do the same.