The Fight of Prayer
I love the heart of Paul. During his life he encouraged Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith”(1 Tim. 6:12). And at the end of his life he stated, “I have fought a good fight…”(2 Tim. 4:7) Paul knew about fighting because he never forgot that he was in a war against evil. Sometimes, have we forgotten that we are in a war? We have armor but not for the beach, but for the battle. We have weapons not for the closet but for the battlefield. David said, “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight”(Psalm 144:1) I agree… our hands lifted in praise and our fingers turning each page of the Bible as we stand on God’s Word.
When the Apostles were aligning their priorities, they needed to devote themselves to prayer and God’s Word (Acts 6:4)… because they knew that prayer and God’s Word were, among other qualities, the greatest weapons they had in the war against evil. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”(2 Cor. 10:4)
When Abijah, King of Judah, was surrounded, outnumbered and ambushed, he “cried to the Lord” in prayer and God defeated all his enemies that day! When another king of Judah, Asa, was also attacked and outnumbered by the Ethiopians he cried to the Lord his God and said,” Help us oh Lord our God for we rely on you and in your Name we have come against this multitude”(2 Chron. 14:11) And the Lord defeated the Ethiopians! When King Hezekiah was attacked by the Assyrian king Sennacherib, he prayed before the Lord (2 Kings 19:15) and God sent an angel to destroy the Assyrian army! King Jehoshaphat prayed when he was attacked by a great multitude and relied on God to move by stating,” We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”(2 Chron. 20:12) and as they praised God the enemy was vanquished.
Today, if you’re in a battle, rise up and resist the enemy by prayer and God’s Word. Our victorious Lord will come through. Get you fight back!