Blog 29 / Our High Calling
May 13, 2021
Weapons of our Warfare
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Cor 10:4 NIV)
Right now there is a war going on in the heavenlies between the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness. The spoils of war are the souls of men and women. God calls His people to enter into this conflict through prayer.
The mandate of the Church is to advance the kingdom of God and to declare His glory among the nations. But powerful enemy strongholds hinder us. These strongholds fuel false belief systems that are reinforced daily by billions of repetitious prayers, billions of sacrifices made to idols, and by materialism and godless philosophies.
Although Christ disarmed Satan at Calvary, the god of this age has been allowed, for a season, to blind the eyes of people so they cannot see the Light (2 Cor 4:4). Not only that, his strongholds of deceit and idolatry shape the mindsets of billions making their belief systems seem like impenetrable fortresses. But God has given His people weapons that have divine power to demolish those strongholds.
In modern warfare, an army must first knock out the enemy’s air power to keep its ground troops from being bombed from above. The Church too needs to win the battle in the heavenlies by taking out the strongholds to clear the way for ministry on the ground. All of us need to do our part in this unseen warfare.
What can we do? Make praying for the extension of God’s kingdom and the demolishing of strongholds part of our prayer routine. As God leads us to pray for a specific nation or ministry, pray in the name of Jesus that every stronghold hindering the work of the Lord will be broken. Pray Scripture. The Word of God is all powerful for every battle. So too is praise. Nothing demoralizes the enemy more than God’s people singing His praises.
Although there is a militancy about our praying, this is to be expected. We are in a battle. Our fight is not against flesh and blood; indeed, what we want for all people is that they experience the joy of new life in Christ. No, our real enemies are the unseen powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12). These incite hatred of God and cause people to act out that hatred in their lives.
How we need God to give us a clear understanding of how to use our spiritual weapons. They are meant for all Christians to use, not just a few elite intercessors. Oh, to be known in the heavenly realm as a formidable prayer warrior. With access to the Throne Room, and with the full backing and authority of Heaven, we should always be ready to use our spiritual weapons to fight the good fight of faith.
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator