“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
Jesus has given His disciples one piece of equipment that is powerful for tearing down the strongholds of Enemy: the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. This sword can pierce the most hardened heart and bring liberty and freedom from the bondage of sin.
There is one important fact, however, that believers must never forget. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit. It is not the sword of human flesh and effort. It can only be properly used in battle by the Holy Spirit. Many have been turned further away from the gospel by someone who tried to browbeat them into the kingdom with his Bible. Others have been gently led to receive eternal life by properly using the sword, the Word of God.
Only the Holy Spirit can properly utilize Scripture. He knows the deep needs of every captive. The only question to be resolved is this: How do believers place their lives under the control of the Holy Spirit so that God can use them effectively in the offensive battle?
We are told what to do in Ephesians 6:18 once we are clothed with our armor and hold the sword in our hands: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
Prayer places us at God’s disposal. The greatest power that we have in this battle is made available to us through prayer.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Holy Spirit, I desire to place myself completely in Your hands as You use my prayers for the purposes of God. You alone can teach me how to understand and effectively utilize the Word. Show me how to use it in such a way that the Body of Christ is edified, and those who are not yet believers are convicted and convinced of the Lordship or Jesus Christ. Help me to become more like Jesus as I begin to more fully obey His Word applied to my life. I want to live continually at the disposal of God, properly wielding the Sword of the Spirit in a life of prayer.
Praise God, the one who keeps you in perfect peace (Isa. 26:3). Give thanks for peace which is far beyond your understanding (Phil. 4:7). Confess that you sometimes look to the world to bring you peace rather than to God. Commit yourself to living in peace with others (1 Thess. 5:13). Ask God to give you a peaceable spirit.
Jesus promises to give his peace to those who believe in faith (Jn. 14:27). Pray for one unsaved person you know to receive Jesus’ precious peace.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend