As you can imagine, I prayed and did my level best to project a responsible, civic-minded image driving by scores of SWAT officers—all of whom looked to be armed and menacing—during a recent combined training exercise at a large, public high school.
Tempted to reach for my camera several times, the still, small voice of the Lord intoned, “No, now is not the time to aim a camera at a massive display of man- and fire-power.” A few of the SWAT members closest to my vehicle literally moved away as I drove a foot or two from where the larger group congregated. I nodded respectfully in passing.
The scene and its implications were not easy to shake, even hours later. Trained, impressive-looking sharp-shooters preparing in July’s heat for the unthinkable—an active shooter situation on a high-school campus—as students swim or sit inside air-conditioned homes on summer break, thinking of everything but returning to the classroom.
Yes, Commander Nick Goldberger of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado told me, the three SWAT teams I observed near Fairveiw High School were training for “any type of real event.” This type of scene unfolds daily around the nation as law enforcement marksman prepare for the worst, but hope for the best: Schools that are safe, violence-free zones of learning.
Unfortunately, students at Fairview heard about a “real event” back in March when three survivors of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida traveled to Boulder to share their stories.
The experience reminded me how to use three spiritual weapons: pray, plead the blood of Jesus, and invite angels to surround public schools, where mass shootings continue from the earliest of their kind: the tragedy at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.
Spiritual warfare is against rulers, powers, world forces of darkness, and wickedness in heavenly places—not flesh and blood—according to the Apostle Paul. (Eph. 6:12)
Thankfully, other intercessors with ministries big and small are practicing these spiritual disciplines regularly and consistently—without a visual reminder from an ominous-looking, armed SWAT force on school grounds.
Standing in the gap for students, another type of SWAT—a Spiritual Warfare Attack Team—is creating hedges of protection through intercession at public, private and charter schools in northern Colorado this summer. As others are doing around the nation.
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SOURCE: Charisma Mag, Steve Rees