“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”- (Ephesians 6:12).
Our leading verse today is perhaps one of the most revealing and critical in the life of a victorious believer in Christ. Because we live in a physical world it is normal that we imagine the battles we engage in are primarily of a physical nature. Yet the reality and truth is whatever manifests in the physical reality is a result of the spirit behind. Because of this here we are urged to wage spiritual warfare against the unseen dark powers operating against God’s will in our lives.
Indeed there are countless passages throughout the Bible we find where by taking on the dark powers through prayer victory happened. This was so when Joshua took on the Amelekites in battle while Aaron and Hur held up Moses’s hands in prayer, “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset” ( Exodus 17:11-12). While there was a physical battle going on, there was a decisive battle going on in the spiritual realm heralding the victory in the physical world.
One thing which our verse also points out is our role as believers. All believers have the power to tap into the spiritual realm to aid the mighty battles of angels to defeat the dark forces operating against us. Precisely put there are standby forces ready to be activated to fight on our behalf. These forces will remain largely stagnant until the believer powers them through prayer as we see in this epic battle. The believer has a choice: stay mute imagining these armies will come to his aid just because or stand up and call upon them to come to his rescue.
Every believer has the power of victory in his hands. And that is through prayer. Whatever opposition any believer faces here on earth he has the edge to wage a victorious battle, which begins in the spiritual realms. Hence Paul concludes, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people”’( vv 16-17).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, what a joy to know that when we pray we activate an army to fight on our behalf in the spiritual realm and may we always tap into that power for victory, ths I pray in Jesus’ name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!