The success of the airstrikes of the allied forces during the gulf war to a large extent contributed to the overall success of the operation desert storm, a campaign led by Norman Schwaezekorp.
The land invasion only brought finality to a war that was largely fought in the air. But really by all standard, we cannot refer to the war battle fought during the gulf war in the same breath as that of the battle of Britain in 1941 between the British RAF and the German forces, nor the campaign of American forces in the Pacific in the latter part of the second world war. The last two wars mentioned was a war fought between equals, while the former seems like a one-sided war - the allied forces practically did all the bombing with the Iraqi inflicting only a few or no damages at all!
Iraq kept denying there were no damages done by the bombs, but few months after the truth was proved as Iraq were soundly humiliated as thousands of Iraqi soldiers surrendered.
Yet the success of this one-sided war was decided by a crucial factor. Prior to the beginning of hostilities, intelligence reports gathered by reconnaissance mission to Iraq showed that the Iraqi military forces possessed some superior radars that can detect just about any aircraft or warplane. This knowledge influenced the war strategy and deployment of aircrafts for the aerial battles. America was prepared for this kind of super radar - entered the F-17 stealth bombers that can avoid just any kind of radar developed in modern warfare.
It was the F-17 stealth bombers that did all the work in bombing all strategic military stronghold in Iraq and paved way for the B-52 bombers to deal the final blow. In a matter of months, the gulf war was over because America had developed sophistication on the war front that allows it to fight under the radar.
Had Daniel "fought" under the radar or above the radar when he prayed in Daniel10:13 then he would have received answers to his prayers from the first day he prayed! But as he prayed the monitoring spirits and powers that be could detect the spiritual direction of his prayers. And as soon as the answer was released it was waylaid by the demonic hordes who pinned the angel of God back, held him stationary until reinforcement came because Daniel was persistent in prayers!
'Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days'(Daniel 10:13-15)
Today we have what Daniel didn't have access to. 1 Corinthians 14:1-3 tells us, "for he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries"
Praying in the Spirit is praying directly to God. It is the language of heaven and no devil understands that language! This is what praying in the Spirit does it helps us to spiritual bypass the enemies radar while at the same time inflicting colossal damages and casualty behind the enemies lines that by the time he realizes what was done the war is already over! Hallelujah!
No wonder the greatest apostle of all declared - "I speak in tongues more than ye all"! Praying in the Spirit elevates your spiritual status and puts you in the position of power and authority! Your status is about to change.
This is why the subject of praying in the Spirit or in tongues was one of the most hotly debated theological positions in the Christendom at the turn of the 19th/20th century. The devil knew what great casualty the body of Christ armed with these truths will do to him and his hordes of demonic powers. And years after as the body begin to embrace this seemingly 'gibberish' language, the church begins to make greater strides with the kingdom of the world fast becoming the kingdom of our God! And still the church finest hour is still to come!
We will engage this spiritual weapon to greater dimension and effect. I remember at the beginning of the early part of 2017 I led some group of believers in a 30 days challenge of praying for 1 hour in tongues every day. Unknown to me a popular and well-respected Gospel musician in Nigeria Nathaniel Bassey was leading at about the same time also, a 30-day challenge of praying in the Holy Spirit for one hour! A spiritual coincidence you might say, but the result of that periodic focus on praying in tongues brought endless miracles, signs, and wonders!
This is just the beginning of what God will yet do in his body because we are just about engaging Paul instruction of 'praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit'(Ephesians 6:17). Just a few weeks back from the date of writing this we just had a 3 hours meeting of praying in tongues and a few days away from this moment that I am writing this we will be having another 7hours meeting. Just when I thought that was it then I saw an e-flier on Facebook advertising three days non-stop prayer submit and during the 72 hours, 24 hours will be spent praying in the Holy Spirit!
God is definitely stirring something up in his body for when we pray in tongues we build up ourselves on our most Holy Faith (Jude 20).
'But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost'
I believe from this New Year 2018 and onward there will be an outpouring of Gods Spirit such has never been seen before! There is coming a supply of the Spirit upon the body of Christ that will empower her for the manifestation of God's glory for the more we move into the latter part of the latter days the greater will be the unction and supply of the Spirit made available. This greater power will however also demand greater sacrifice. We must accept new levels of spiritual responsibilities if we must experience greater spiritual power!
Praying in the Spirit is one of the ways we increase the water level of God's power in our lives. This spiritual analog from Ezekiel 47 comes to mind, the deeper the prophet moves into the water the greater the power and the blessings experienced:
'Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. 6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed, and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.'
Wherever the water of God flows the life and the blessings of God are experienced.
This is why this book, KEYS TO POWER, is about understanding that all we need as the latter day's saint is the supply of the Spirit. That supply of the Spirit will bring a revolution to every area of our lives and position us as leaders in every stratum of human endeavors! The Holy Spirit will give us unassailable leadership in every stratum of the society. However, to enter into this great dimension will require a great spiritual sacrifice of laboring in the Spirit one of which is praying in the Spirit. This is why the next 30 days we will be praying in the Spirit for the supply of the Spirit. This is an adventure, a spiritual quest for the power of God! It was this same spiritual quest Jacob embark on in Genesis 32 and at the end, it was recorded that Jacob had a change of name and destiny, he entered into the realm of power with God and that ultimately made him to prevailed.
'24 And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.'
In the coming 30 days, your spiritual status will change, your all round status will change, you will have power with God and you will prevail among men. Amen
- Culled and adapted from my forthcoming ebook: KEYS TO POWER, A 30 DAYS DEVOTIONAL WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, available for download from 29TH JANUARY 2018.