Why Salt You May Ask?
Salt began as an act of obedience with me. I felt the Lord say salt the ground as you pray, throw salt into water, on the ground, in buildings... take it with you when you pray on the land and in the nations. Salt is used for seasoning, preserving and disinfecting. The New Testament refers to us as being the salt of the earth and we are told to have our conversation seasoned with salt. Why? Because we are called to season, preserve and disinfect!
The Old Testament has an interesting use of salt. In 2 Kings 2:19-22 we see that Elisha was asked to help because the city had a problem. Their particular issue was with the water; it was "bad and the land unproductive". This city was Jericho. Joshua had cursed it when they entered the promise land and began to possess it. We see in Joshua 6:26...”cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay it's foundation with his firstborn and with his youngest he shall set up its gates". This curse had its effect in the days of Hiel of Bethel as you can see in 1Kings 16:34. Hiel did rebuild the city at the expense of losing two sons! However, it didn't mean that the curse was gone and this is why the men of Jericho came to Elisha. Now let's look at what he did.
Elisha called for a new bowl and salt. I want to discuss salt. Salt spoke of covenant with God and of judgement. In Judges 9:45 we see that Ablimelech defeated and demolished a city and then sowed it with salt. This speaks of the judgement against the people and land. In Leviticus 2:13 we see that the covenant that God had with his people was always confirmed with salt. When Elisha called for salt he was judging what was afflicting the people and reminding God of His covenant with his people. He was decreeing that the curse that brought death and unproductively was removed. Elisha threw the salt into the water and declared that it was healed and that never again would it cause death or be unproductive.
Elisha used his authority and we too have been given authority. We need to use it. As we go out onto the land we always take salt. It prophetically speaks of breaking the judgement that the blood of Jesus has already secured for us. However, we need to execute that which has been done for us. When we take prayer teams to pray for the land, we take salt with the knowledge that as we sprinkle it God will heal the land and cause His blessing to flow.