12 Weeks of Prayer: Week 1 Day 5

12 Weeks of Prayer Week 1 Day 5

Micaiah & King Ahab

By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

“Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’" -1 Kings 22: 19-22

This week we are praying God opens our eyes from deceiving, lying, and manipulating spirits. This verse should confirm to us that there are such spirits., and this is why we need to pray for discernment. Before we go on, I want to clearly say that God does not move in that which is evil. God does not deceive anyone. God does not lie.

In order to understand this scene in heaven, we must recall to our minds the book of Job. A similar situation occurred. Satan himself was given permission to test Job. Job was a righteous man, and God restored everything back to Job. Ahab, on the other hand, was a wicked and evil man, and to top it off, the king of Israel.

God had sent the prophet Micaiah to deliver His word before, but King Ahab never listened. He was bent high on doing that which was sinful in the eyes of God. God had enough; it's as simple as that. King Ahab had determined in his heart he wasn’t going to change his wicked and evil ways.

What takes place next is very frightening. God asked a question. "Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?" A terrible tragedy was about to fall on King Ahab. God asked a question giving the answer as part of it. God was actually saying, “Who is going to get Ahab to go fight so that he will be killed in that war which he started?” The judgment and proclamation was already declared. There was no stopping it. This is a terrible place for anyone to find themselves in.

Now a spirit came forth. He declared his proclamation, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Wow! Look at that? This spirit knew exactly what tactic he would use and who? He chose to use lying and the prophets. Anyone feeling sick yet, or grieved in your spi