Preparing for Battle

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

The most effective warrior in the spiritual war is the one who speaks the truth of God’s Word in the midst of the battle. Satan knows what God’s Word says. Should we be any less prepared in the battle? Arguments are demolished, pretensions are destroyed, and thoughts are taken captive through the truth of God’s Word. Along with prayer, God’s Word is one of the two weapons we have been given to fight in the spiritual war.  I am not the critical component that the Holy Spirit uses in the battle—the sword He uses is the Word of God. The more of God’s Word that I know through memorization, the more effectively I can be used in this war.

At times Jesus read from scrolls and at other times He quoted Old Testament passages. He was prepared for both reading and quoting. I desire the same for myself. Investing in my relationship with God through memorizing His Word brings about an intimacy with Him that cannot be questioned.

–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

Spirit of the Living God, give me a deep desire to memorize Your Word and the boldness to utilize this powerful sword in the battle against the enemy.  May I be drawn close to Your heart and prepared with just the right word for every situation.

Prayer Points
Praise God, the source of light and Light. Be thankful for the times you’ve felt the Lord’s face shining on you (Ps. 80:3). Confess that you sometimes turn your face from God’s. Commit yourself to seeking God’s leading. Ask him for confirmation of new directions.

Petition God to channel peace and clarity through you to family and friends who flounder. Commit yourself to staying close to God, so your life models his leading.

Prayer Pointer
“Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire.” —Jonathan Edwards

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).