Ready for battle

When we face giants in our lives or in the lives of those we care about, such as difficult situations, or stubborn & incurable illnesses, God has made plenty of provision for us to face these giants and conquer them in the Bible:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, the weapons we fight with have divine power to demolish strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:4.

‘Almighty God, I have faith in your ability to move in this situation. I trust you – your will be done.’

‘Thank you Jesus for loving me and empowering me with your Holy Spirit and your Word to bring your truth and healing into this situation’.

The Bible offers a God-inspired verse to bring changes in every battle – The Word of God is living and active, sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates, Hebrews 4:12.

Once we know that God is blessing our prayers for someone, this is a massive tipping point in our favour. If God is for us, who can stand against us? Romans 8:31. With God behind us, we have everything we need to bring a successful conclusion.

When I pray against a chest infection, God has often given me this powerful verse:  A strongman guards his possessions but when someone stronger than he comes, he ties up the strongman and robs him of his possessions, Luke 11:21-22. I take this verse to mean that the strongman is the illness and we are more powerful with Jesus, no matter how incurable or complex the illness is. We can tie it up in our prayers – imagine something tied so tightly that it has to die. Then it comes under our authority, so we can rob it of its authority and even its name. Again, imagine – the illness is nameless – this renders it totally useless and defeated.

Psalm 91 is perfect for the intercessor, as it promises victories over things that would beat us in the natural: ‘You will tread upon the lion and the cobra, you will trample the great lion and the serpent’. When medicine says that something is permanent or incurable, we can use truths from the Bible to override and overcome this.

Fasting is the most amazing thing to do with God, because it draws us humbly and powerfully into his presence with the deepest sense of forgiveness. Then he gives us his authority to bring about his will, and he promises to add the fullness of his almighty power and anointing to our prayers:

This is the fast I choose, to break their chains of sin, to bring freedom for the oppressed, and to take away their heavy burdens. Isaiah 58:6.

Try missing a meal and find 20 minutes to pray. Drink plenty of water. Pour out your heart to God.

The story of David, a young shepherd boy, and the giant fighter Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is a great example of victory over the giants that we face. David said to Goliath ‘Who are you to defy the armies of the living God?’ In today’s language these armies are praying Christians. He actually ran towards the giant to kill him, because he knew he had Almighty God on his side, who wouldn’t let him down when he stood against what is wrong.