Quintessential is the only ‘Q’ word I could find for God, for my spiritual alphabet. But it is a perfect fit. Quintessence, according to the Gage Canadian Dictionary, means the essence of a thing in it’s purest form. Quintessential: of the purest or most perfect kind. There is no word that better describes God.
I have a prayer journal with names of God for every letter of the alphabet. Along with those names, I am writing TRUE stories (as opposed to my fiction writing) of God at work in and through me. So far nothing had fit into the ‘quintessential’ category until today.
I have been praying for years for LGBT friends and family. It started back when a friend of my kids, right out of Bible school, declared he was gay. It was a traumatic time in our lives. New ground for us. But, wait, I can go back even further, when a girl in Bible school met this perfect guy, married him, had kids, and then was told he was gay, and wanted out of the marriage. He left a carnage of broken lives behind.
I have dialogued with LGBT friends and been told that they don’t feel my love. My response, lots of people do not feel loved by God either, but it does not change His love, God’s quintessential love for them.
The son of a former pastor joined the LGBT ideology, then two cousins, one on each side of my family, friends shared with me about members of their own families who had chosen that route. And yes, I say chosen, it is NOT genetic! That is a lie of the enemy.
More and more people were being brought into my life who needed to be covered in prayer. But as usual, the enemy came along to discourage me. What’s the use in talking to them? They always have an answer, albeit, not a God-given quintessential answer. What’s the use in praying?
Then our church hosted a ‘hearing God’ seminar. All my Christian life I had heard God speak to me, through His Word, sometimes in a still small voice, sometimes a nudge in my heart or conscience. This came at just the time when I acknowledged to God that I was discouraged with praying for my LGBT friends and family. I needed help. God spoke to me again. From James 1:6 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
That was what I needed to hear. My prayers could not depend on the response or lack of, but depended only on faith in my quintessential God. The only pure and perfect one. At our seminar, we prayed in small groups and I shared my story about how the Lord had answered me. With tears, two others in my group shared that they had family members in the LGBT category. I said I would pray for them too. I am talking specifically about people who were once set free in Christ but have now returned to the spiritual bondage of the world.
When I got home, the Lord gave me a firm nudge in the ribs and I dug out all the information I had filed away from my Spiritual Warfare Training sessions. One statement I read somewhere said, ‘Homosexuality is led by a spirit.’ Wow! Yes! This is spiritual warfare. Then I read the next verse in James 1. Verse 7: For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, and verse 8: he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
NOT ANYMORE, LORD. This is spiritual Warfare and you have already trained me for battle. I am praying with faith in my quintessential God. For those who don’t buy into that, I have only one thing to say. There is NOTHING MORE PURE AND PERFECT THAN PURE AND PERFECT!
Be sure you have on the whole armour of God before you enter the battle. I will pray for your LGBT friends and family too. My prayer ministry, KAHOOTZ/W/U is private and confidential. But better yet, let’s join together in this spiritual battle. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him