He simply said, “I’ve got your six.”
What in the world is a “six?”
My ex-military friend explained,
“6:00 is what lies behind you, the potential peril you can’t see. On a battlefield, your 6:00 position is the most vulnerable. So, when someone tells you that they’ve ‘got your six,’ it means they’re ‘watching your back.’ By extension, that person expects you to have their back as well.”
What a powerful image.
Who’s Got Your Six?
1. You are facing a “behind your back” peril.
You’ve experienced adverse circumstances – someone breaks a commitment to you, you fail at something important, you make a bad investment, you feel a growing sense of shame. At their root, these circumstances are spiritual in nature.
You may not even be aware of their potential peril.
They end up subverting your best intentions to serve God.
2. You have an adversary.
His name is “Satan” or “the Devil.” Satan is the Adversary of your soul.
The Book of Job, in the Old Testament, reveals Satan accusing Job before God. “His faith is self-serving. He only worships You because You protect him. Take Your protection away and he’ll curse You.” (Job 1)
In the New Testament, Jesus warns one of disciples about Satan’s behind the scenes work to destroy his life. He said to Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” (Luke 22:31,32)
To be “sifted like wheat” was to have all the weaknesses, failures, fears and garbage in Peter’s life brought to the surface…so he would be shamed by them.
3. You have an ally.
Jesus assured Peter – “…I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” (Luke 22:31-34).
Jesus was saying, “I’ve got your six.”
Satan asks permission to test, tempt, terrorize and sift you, as he did Job and Peter.
The prayers of Jesus for you are more powerful than anything Satan can conjure up against you.
Of all the attributes and activities associated with Jesus, his intercession is understated.
“He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
This one phrase pulls back the curtain on eternity to reveal Jesus in prayer.
Just like Jesus prayed for Peter, he prays for you. He’s got your six.
4. Who’s six do you have?
Which family member, friend or leader needs you to have their six?
The Bible clearly lays it out…
“…prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep each others’ spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” Ephesians 6:18 (The Message)
“…we have not ceased to pray for you.” Colossians 1:9 (NIV)
This post comes with a prayer for you. “God will attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you..steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:33 (The Message)
Who’s six do you have? Please leave a comment below and let a friend know you are praying for them.
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This was very interesting, Pastor Bob. I have a huge list but mainly my children’s six. I have to as I know Saten is working overtime on my children. But I know I have God on my side.
I’ve got my husband and my kids’ six especially. Teaching my kids to pray for our friends and extended family during grace and bed time prayer too. 🙂
A mom’s prayers carry a lot of weight with God. Keep on praying for them, Mabel.
Of all people – a military wife would understand the significance of the number “6.” God bless.
I’ve set up overwatch for my Brothers and Sisters in need. Pastor Bob I give you a firm HUA! Heard/understood/acknowledged
I like HUA!
I am an MM. Here is what took place on Wednesday, September 17th. Women’s
Bible Study. Lovingly prepared six banana loaves and discovered a fuse was blown
No Oven! I’m thankful for always asking God to keep my heart. I simply said Lord..
He knew I felt disappointed . I thought of picking up some Tim Hortons donuts and
I would be pressured for time. After all , I attempted to share a little treat with almost
140 women. Late was not an option as I committed to preparing coffee at the church.
Meeting up with the train, I whispered , keep my heart Lord. Oh yes, coffee machine
was broken 🙂 scrambling to put some order to my confusion, a beautiful friend offered to assist, I said, I’m OK just a little disappointed . Poured out my banana bread story. She said, I have banana bread, she sliced up 6 loaves, placed on two trays and added a dish with butter. WOW! Feeling overwhelmed, halfway down
the hall, my feet froze, Stopped, paused and knew what happened. Speechless,
I buckled my lips and looked up. Trying to hide my tears, I said, Lord, YOU have