Beyond Time and Space

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This photo is of my little prayer space. It’s nothing fantastic – just a bookcase, with a few items on it that help me focus on praying. They change from time to time, but at the moment, the centre-piece is a Celtic cross made from 5,000 year old Irish turf, a Communion chalice and plate from Iona, a small crucifix from the Vatican, a candle holder (also from the Vatican) depicting the Archangel Michael crushing Satan’s head, and an incense holder in which I burn pure frankincense resin (and a couple of tea-light holders… but they’re just there for the candles).

Like I said, it’s nothing fantastic… but this is where I go into battle!

This little space is my battle field. And every day, I go into this space in order to enter the spiritual realm and attack the forces of darkness that are hell-bent on destroying humanity!

Sometimes I sit. Sometimes I kneel. Most often, I pace up and down. But when I enter this space, I am entering a space that is actually outside of space! And time too.

From here, I wander the whole world! In a second, my prayers can take me to China, or Brazil, or Laos, or Cuba! Whatever country God lays on my heart, I can be there straight away, just by entering His presence in prayer!

Every day, I am with our Sisters and Brothers in the persecuted underground Church, as I lift them up in prayer. I am in the war zones of the world, and the poverty. Sometimes my prayers take me to nice places too… but where there are souls crying out for someone to pray for them. I am with all the pilgrims wandering around the planet, searching for hope and meaning. And I am with you also!

Every day, I lift up to God everyone who may read this blog. Although we don’t know each other, I pray that God will use these words that I write to bless you.

I also have a small jar of anointing oil from Israel. Sometimes God lays upon my heart someone who is ill. When that happens, I anoint my hands with the oil, lift them up to heaven, and pray that God will send the anointing and blessing to the one who needs healing!

Just today, God placed on my heart a Brother in the Faith who is being imprisoned in North Korea. I believe he has tuberculosis, and is suffering a great deal. To be honest, I felt God was actually asking a friend of mine to pray for him. She has the gift of healing, and I believe God wanted her to lift this Brother up. But I joined her from my little space outside of space. I anointed my hands with oil, and lifted them up to heaven for our suffering Brother.

From here, I also go beyond this world. From this little space, my prayers take me throughout the whole universe, praying that God will keep all the planets in their orbits. Praying for the groaning of the universe at what the sins of mankind have done to this planet.

No, this isn’t a small, insignificant space at all. This is a space that is huge! It has no walls, windows, or doors, but is open to the whole world. Every day, people from all over the planet gather in this little space with me. And not just people, but angels, and also the cloud of witnesses that the Bible speaks about (Hebrews 12:1).

And it’s open to you too! If you need prayer for anything, come into this space and let us pray for you. And if you want to pray, come in also! Create your own little space – a corner in your bedroom, a place in nature, wherever – and travel the world with me! Our individual spaces will grow bigger and bigger until they merge together into one giant space that encompasses the whole world! The whole universe! And together we will battle the forces of darkness, and lift up the suffering, and pray for the sick!

Don’t ever allow your prayers to become limited. You can lay hands on a sick person thousands of miles away through the power of prayer! You can sit with a suffering prisoner in a solitary confinement cell on the other side of the world! You can listen to the unheard voices, speak to the lonely, comfort the grieving… all through the power of prayer!

So find your space, wherever it may be. Consecrate it with your prayers. And take it into a space outside of space, where the whole world can gather!

May the Lord Jesus Christ fill you with His Light and Love and Peace! Amen.

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An In-between Time

Sisters and Brothers,

Today is Ascension Day, when we celebrate and remember Jesus ascending into heaven, with the promise that He will return again!

This is a time of great joy, as we know that our King is now seated on His rightful throne! But it also begins a time of waiting. Before He left, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Father sent the Holy Spirit… which happened ten days later on Pentecost.

Personally, I don’t believe that during this time, the disciples sat around doing nothing. I think it was a time of preparation – a time of deep prayer and study of the Scriptures so that their hearts would be ready for the coming of the Spirit.

And this is what we should be doing in this “waiting” period between Ascension and Pentecost. We should set this time apart as a time to pray, a time to raise our hearts to God, and a time to prepare for the Holy Spirit to move!

Pentecost is only ten days away! Let us be prepared for the Spirit to move mightily in and through us!

May the God of heaven and earth open your heart to the movement of His Spirit, and may His Grace be upon you as you prepare your Soul for the mighty outpouring of Pentecost!

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Amen.

The Real Celts

My Sisters and Brothers,

Over this past decade, there has been a massive resurgence in everything Celtic. There have never been so many books written on the subject. And there have never been so many people identifying with the spirit of our Celtic ancestors.

But, as with many things in our modern culture, something has happened in this resurgence. That ancient spirit that swept across these British Isles like a wildfire, seems to have been watered down. Tamed. And a lot of new age ideas have crept into the modern practice of this ancient belief.

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St Columba’s Bay, Iona

Just a few days ago, I was sitting on the pebble shore of St Columba’s Bay at the south end of the small island of Iona, thinking about this very thing.

This was the spot where St Columba and his twelve companions landed in the year 563, having travelled from Ireland in handmade coracles. There was nothing tame about their journey, which was left to the mercy of the wind and the waves! And there was nothing tame about their landing on Iona. At that time, Iona was known as Innis nan Druinich – the Island of the Druids. And if the ancient Roman accounts are true, these druids weren’t peaceful priests dancing in forest groves. They practiced human sacrifice and cannibalism! But the old stories tell us that St Columba and his handful of disciples, fought off these druidic priests, not with physical swords, but with the power of God! And from that moment, these spiritual warriors went into all of Scotland, fighting against the forces of darkness in order to bring in the Light of Christ!

This side of Celtic Christianity has sadly been lost in the modern interpretation. We read about “nice” things – their love for nature, their soul friendships, their blessings and songs. Don’t get me wrong, all these things are part of Celtic Christianity, and I plan to write about them in later posts. But behind all that was a people who weren’t afraid of battle!

Whenever the Celtic saints went into the “desert”, it wasn’t to retire from the world. It was to fight for the world – to advance the Kingdom of God!

The spiritual realm was as real to them as this physical realm was, and they had a very deep understanding that there was a battle raging all around them… as it rages around us today! But they – and us! – have been called to rise up as mighty prayer warriors, and send the enemy fleeing! Each and every one of us has been called to be a warrior for Christ, clothed in the armour of God, fighting for King and Kingdom!

So as we explore this rich heritage of ours, let us never forget this part. Let us follow in the footsteps of Columba and his disciples, and all the other Celtic saints. And let us wage war in the spiritual realm, never retreating! Always advancing!

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

 

 

Dia Dhaoibh!

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Celtic cross on the Isle of Iona

My Sisters and Brothers, Dia dhaoibh!

Dia dhaoibh is a traditional Gaelic greeting, which literally means “God to you!”

And this is the greeting I want to send to you in this first post – God to you! May the God of heaven and earth fill you and be with you as you read these words, and become a part of this community of souls in the mist!

My prayer is that this is exactly what this blog will eventually be – not just one person writing words… but a community of like-minded and like-souled pilgrims walking this road of life together!

I envision a community of warriors rising up, encircling their lands with prayer, and battling the forces of darkness as the ancient Celtic saints did!

I see a community going out with Love before them, healing this broken world in the Name of Jesus Christ, our King!

If this resonates with you, please come in! Join us in this mission! Raise your hands and hearts to heaven, as our Celtic Sisters and Brothers did so long ago!

May God the Father bless you with abundant blessings! May the Son fill you with His Light! And may the Spirit empower you to spread that Light into all the world! Amen.

Your Brother and Soul Friend,

Craig