by Linda Evans Shepherd @LindaShepherd
It’s late at night, I’m tucked into a backyard cabana, a cute one room house in the back yard of a Hollywood home. I’m working on homework for a writing class as the clock ticks past midnight, when suddenly something, or someone lands on my roof. THUD! More bodies follow. THUNK, THUD, SCRAMBLE! Is it an invasion from the tent city at the bottom of the hill?
Then the chattering starts. What is that?
Thought then occurs to me: could it be raccoons? I’m in front of my computer, so I quickly go to YouTube and type, “What does a raccoon sound like?”
A video pops up of a man with a broom; he’s swatting a milk cartoon with a hidden raccoon inside. The creature peeks out and hisses! Oh my! Raccoons hiss? The man swats the carton again and the raccoon darts out, then turns around and growls. Raccoons growl? The raccoon starts to walk away, then pivots with angry roar. Wait…raccoons roar?
The roaring raccoon rushes toward the man…and attacks. Yes, it attacked! I’m guessing Mrs. Raccoon was trying to protect her babies still inside the carton. Oh my!
I decide to watch another video to find out what other noises raccoons make besides hissing and growling. I need to know, because the chattering crowd on my roof is growing.
Sure enough, I find a video of a raccoon chattering just like the ones on my roof. I turn the sound up to be sure. Yes, those are raccoons above me.
That’s when I realize: the raccoons have stopped chattering to scramble down the wall to stand outside my door. It seems they’d heard my YouTube raccoon, and they want to come to my raccoon party.
Now I’m thinking about the attack raccoon. Oh dear. Could the raccoons get in? The answer is yes. My windows are open and I can only close them if I go outside. And I’m not going outside, believe me.
I go back to YouTube. Well, if I attracted raccoons with the chattering raccoon video, what might repel them? First I try a whining cougar. It seems to only pique their interest. Hmmm. What about a laughing hyena? Nope, they like that one, too.
Hey, what about dogs? Raccoons in this neighborhood would know about yipping dogs. I hit play.
As the sound of yipping dogs fill the air, the raccoons stop chattering. I turn up the volume and can hear the raccoons racing away. Yay! The barking dogs worked!
Then it hits me. When we are suddenly surrounded by trouble, there is a sound that we can make that will push the enemy away, too. It’s the sound of prayer. It’s the sound of calling upon the name of Jesus, the name above all names. The name of Jesus is a name that no one, no thing, no creature, no demon from hell, can stand against.
Counterfeits are worthless. Only Jesus can set us free, save us, put us into a relationship with God, and push back any gathering darkness. It is the only effective weapon when we are under attack.
The good news: Jesus has given us permission to call upon his name, and when we do, the enemy will flee. Philippians 2:10-11 says,
“…At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (NKJV)
About the author: Linda Evans Shepherd is the author of 34 books including Praying God’s Promises and The God You Need to Know. She is the CEO of Right to the Heart Ministries and the founder of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She’s also the publisher of Leading Hearts Magazine and Arise Daily.
Linda Evans Shepherd has just released her book, When You Need to Move a Mountain: Keys to Praying with Power. There’s prayer–and then there’s intercessory prayer. What’s the difference? And when we feel called to intercessory prayer, how do we do it? What response should we expect from God? If you’re someone that feels a deep need to pray for others, to bring your burdens and troubles to God, and see God’s clear answers to your prayers, this book is for you.
Join the conversation: Have you ever had to call upon the name of Jesus? Did God come through for you?