Many believers today do not realize how deeply the church is involved in spiritual warfare. Those
who do understand the seriousness of the battle do not always know how to fight the enemy. They try
to use human methods to defeat demonic forces, but these methods are doomed to fail.
When Joshua and his army marched around Jericho for a week, the spectators thought they were mad.
Because the Israelites trusted God and obeyed orders, they brought down the high walls and
conquered the foe.
When I was pastoring in Chicago, I met each week with three pastor friends to engage in “warfare
praying.” We claimed God’s promise to cast down the wrong thinking that was keeping people from
surrendering to God.
What a joy it was to see God do great things in the lives of many people for whom we interceded.
Usually once the walls in the mind have been torn down, the door to the heart can be opened.
Verse for today: “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s
schemes” (Ephesians 6:11, NIV).
Also read: Joshua 6:1-20; Psalm 24:8; Proverbs 21:30-31;
2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:12-17.
Action assignment: Today when you read the paper or listen to the news on radio or TV, take careful
note of the negative news items. Jot down two or three items to pray about, interceding for the
individuals involved. Ask God to bring peace and justice to the situations on which you focus.
WARREN W. WIERSBE