weapons of our warfare are ... mighty through God to the pulling
down of strongholds.
2 Cor. 10:4
is not pious reverie; it is spiritual warfare.
is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood," says Paul. Then what is it? It is
conflict "with the despotisms, the empires, the forces
that govern this dark
world - the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against
us in the heavenly warfare" (Eph. 6:12
But what an
unequal contest! What a frightening
prospect to one conscious of his own weakness!
Yet it is to such a conflict we have been committed.
is the divine strategy? The fulcrum on which the
battle turns is our ability to pray aright. It is a spiritual
as well as a military maxim that the best defense
is attack. The plan of our Commander is that His
Church be constantly attacking on all fronts. He nowhere
envisages a Church on the defensive. It is to press
the battle to the very gates of hell, and they "shall not prevail against it" (Matt.
16:18). The devil's last line of defense is unable to withstand
that victorious assault.
is our weapon? Our Leader has placed in our hands
the irresistible sword of the Spirit which defeated
the devil in the wilderness - the Word of God. But
its aggressive and conquering power is released only
through the prayer of faith.
the sword of the Spirit... praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit ... with all perseverance"
is no mere passive praying.
Only aggressive prayer based on the Word of
dislodges the enemy from his citadel, for "the weapons
of our warfare are ... mighty through God to the
pulling down of strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:4). Such praying
releases all the resources of God and brings them
into play on the field of battle. Costly? Yes, but also