10 Days Devotional - Day 4: Repentance: Awakening the Sleeping Giant

Day 4: Repentance: Awakening the Sleeping Giant

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb. 12:1 NIV

Several years ago, while preparing for the 10 Days in Boston, God gave us powerful picture in prayer.

The image was of a giant who had been tied down by thousands and thousands of little ropes like Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels.  Crawling all over this giant were hundreds of little people.  While the giant had been sleeping, he had been tied down.  The giant was clearly powerful enough to overwhelm the tiny people but because of the abundance of the little cords, it was unable to move.

We felt that the tied down giant represented the Church, the little people represented demonic influences, and the cords represented offenses, jealousy, unforgiveness, suspicion, and other false mindsets within the Church.  

Released from the cords, the Church would easily overwhelm the numerous yet tiny demonic influences. Each individual cord, each tiny offense was not that big a deal. However, together, this multitude of “small sins” had the church pinned down and unable to move.   

Later on in prayer, we saw this Giant begin to break free of these cords when it moved as one.  It’s only through a united effort that we can break free of these cords.  Tellingly, in the vision, the Giant had one white arm and one black arm.

It’s been remarked that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week.  If we expect to see God move powerfully in our cities, the races will need to move together.  This is a non-negotiable, and a key to what God wants from us.

Let’s take some time to intentionally break off these bonds, to move as one for God to release the sleeping Giant in our cities into Freedom!

Father, we ask you to bring to mind any people who we need to forgive.  Bring to mind any people who we may have offended.  Take us to those one or two relationships where the enemy has sown suspicion and ill-will.  Today and during the 10 Days, show us the false mindsets we’ve adopted that allow the enemy to keep us entangled.  We ask for complete freedom, in Jesus’ name!

Jonathan Friz
10 Days National Coordinator
Amherst, MA