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Day 9 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

Day 9 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

Prayer Is Our Weapon

 

“Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, the most adverse to its use.”1 —E. M. Bounds

“The weapons of our warfare are not natural, manmade, or carnal, but Divine weapons for the pulling down of strongholds. And we use these weapons against anything lifted up against the name of God, and we bring every negative thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
—2 Corinthians 10:4–5

Just what does Paul mean by “the weapons of our warfare”? He is speaking of mighty spiritual weapons—not of men, but of God—that can set us free from the enemy’s strongholds over our lives. Weapons like prayer, faith, and the Word of God.

Have you ever considered prayer as a weapon? It seems from this Scripture that Paul is admonishing us to be on the offense as we use our spiritual weapons to pull down strongholds in our lives and in the lives of those we love!

A stronghold is a place that has been fortified to protect it against attack, such as a fort or fortress. What kind of strongholds is Paul talking about? Any thought, plan, or action that rises up against the knowledge of God. Paul declared that we have spiritual weapons from God Almighty that will pull down these strongholds and will enable us to “capture every negative thought and bring it into submission to the obedience of Christ.” (See 2 Corinthians 10:5.)

In other words, if we or someone we love believe the negative lies of the enemy instead of the Word of God—if we are enslaved by Satan’s lies that say we are not good enough, we don’t belong to God, we will fail at everything we attempt in life, we need drugs or alcohol to make it through a day—we must pull down these strongholds with the spiritual weapons that God has provided. If what we are seeing and dwelling on, or if what is happening to us, is contrary to God’s Word, then God has equipped us with the weapons of prayer, faith, and the Word of God to use against those things so that they do not have any influence over our thoughts and our lives!

Remember the day you first saw the truth about Jesus? Remember the day it all became clear to you that He had paid the price to set you free? Remember the day the “strongholds” in your life came tumbling down and you were no longer held captive to the lies Satan had designed for you? Remember when the fortress was destroyed because someone prayed for you using his or her weapon to accomplish God’s purpose in your life, which is to know Him and to love Him?

Let’s be practical here. If we have a loved one caught up in an addiction, how are we to use these spiritual weapons to address it as Christians? Use prayer as a spiritual weapon in their lives. God has said that our weapons are mighty to pull down strongholds in our loved one’s life. (See 2 Corinthians 10:4.) As we earnestly pray for them, we can bring down the demonic strongholds that hinder them from seeing the truth of God’s love. Our intercession over them causes the demonic forces to lose their grip so that our loved ones may see the deception Satan has played upon them. Our prayers will bring them the truth. Remember Jesus’s words “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

It might seem strange that prayer has the power to destroy these strongholds and change a person’s life for eternity. However, we have to think with a heavenly perspective. Prayer is communication with God that operates on the rules and laws of the spiritual world. We cannot fight our spiritual battles by human means! We must use the spiritual weapons that God offers to us—and, as E. M. Bounds has said, prayer is the most formidable weapon of all.

In prayer to an almighty God, we can “bind the enemy” (see Matthew 16:19) on other people’s behalf and bring all their thoughts into captivity to God’s Word. As we pray for God to intervene in their lives, they will begin to see that God is reaching out to them in love. Your prayers God gave His church, and we must use it. Prayer is what will set them free!

Can you see how prayer was designed by God as the true weapon of the church to enforce His purposes on the earth? Can you see that being “prayed up” and ready for battle is a privilege? Do you believe that, if you set your face to prayer, God Himself will meet you? The presence of God, the actual presence of God, will cause you to flow in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer is God’s weapon to the church that gives us the power to knock down and destroy the strongholds that come against the hearts and minds of our pastors and their families. Satan’s attempt to discourage them and to thwart their ministry can seem like a fortress they cannot overcome. In intercessory prayer, God has given us the power to pray on their behalf, destroying all attacks of the enemy!

Join us today in prayer that the weapons of our warfare will be mighty for the pulling down of strongholds in our lives and the lives of those around us.

 

Excerpt from 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer, © 2018 by Jim Maxim, published by Whitaker House. Used with permission.