“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness” – Ephesians 6: 12
Last week, I talked about getting dressed for the spiritual battle faced in our daily life. Of course, all that armor is purely defensive.
No war was won by the best defensive tactics. The best a defender can hope for is that the enemy will give up and go home.
Yeah, our enemy will fight until his final breath. So we need a few weapons to let him know we’re serious about the fight.
In Ephesians chapter six, two weapons are mentioned: the sword of the Spirit and prayer. Some people think the sword is the Christian’s only weapon, but it’s obvious by the sentence structure of this verse that prayer is a necessary part of the offense.
“The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17) is an effective weapon against the wily devil.
It cuts both ways. The Bible is sharp, “piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit” (Heb. 4:12).
Sadly, we can’t pick up our Bible and slash our enemy with it. In order for us to use this weapon, we have to know its contents.
When I was in Boot Camp, I came to know my M-16 quite well. We had to be able to disassemble it in under a minute. If it misfired, the DI wanted a rundown of the cleaning procedure.
On bivouac, it slept in the mummy bag with me and crawled under barbed wire on my back. When it came time to qualify at the rifle range, it took down 36 of the 40 targets for me.
We need to know our Bible better than that. God’s Word causes the devil to shake in his boots. I want my enemy on the run. With God’s Word on the tip of my tongue, it can happen.
“Praying always” and “watching thereunto with all perseverance” is the companion to knowing God’s Word.
Do I really think I can face down the devil on my own? God’s Word has power but my mouth is too feeble to speak it. I need God’s help.
Prayer shows reliance on the Commander in Chief (Jesus Christ not POTUS). God created Satan and has no trouble keeping him in his place.
Satan has to ask permission to bother us (Job 1:12). God allows it to make sure our armor is on and working properly. He wants us to advance through the ranks.
When you feel too weak to face down the tempter: pray. If you can’t recall a Bible verse to help you avoid a pitfall: pray.
In fact, pray first and foremost and it might surprise you how easily those barbs from the devil are turned aside.
Up next week: Battlefield: Health