Spiritual Warfare Part 2: Effectual fervent prayer
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Spiritual Warfare Part 2: Effectual fervent prayer


Have you ever received a prophetic word, but didn’t see it fulfilled? Do you find yourself fighting a never-ending battle, with only momentary victories? 

The Lord doesn’t just want us to defeat the enemy’s tactics, because the enemy will regroup and come back with a vengeance. We must destroy the works of the enemy. This is why in the Old Testament He told the Israelites to destroy their enemy by eradicating their entire tribe or race; men, women, children and even animals. There are keys to spiritual warfare in the scriptures. If we apply them, we will destroy the works of the enemy in our lives.   

When Elisha was deathly ill, Joash the king of Israel came to see him. Elisha told him to take a bow and arrows, and he told Joash to put his hand upon the bow and arrow. Elisha then put his hands over Joash hands. He had a window open facing eastward and told King Joash to shoot the arrow through the window. After King Joash released the arrow Elisha said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.” (11Kings 13:15-17)   

The Syrians occupied the lands to the east; those lands would be reconquered, and restored to Israel by this prophetic and symbolic act. King Joash was obedient to take the bow and arrow  (weapon), and by the leading and guidance of the prophet Elisha he was able to aim the arrow in the right direction, where the enemies were encamped. Elisha hands upon the king’s hands were to represent the power, and guidance imparted to the bow shot as coming from the Lord through the prophet Elisha.   

Elisha prophetically proclaimed to Joash that Israel would consume the enemy. Another word for consume is destroy. King Joash would destroy the Syrian’s defense and reclaim the land that was rightfully theirs.   

This is also significant and spiritually symbolic of our lives. We are to reclaim and take back what the enemy has taken from us, whether it’s finances, health, our children, marriage, ministry, or calling. However, in order to reclaim, or possess what is rightfully ours, or the Lord’s we must first destroy, not defeat the works of the enemy. But how do we do that? Lets see what the rest of the scripture says.    

" And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.” (11Kings 13:18-19)   

In verse 17 King Joash received a prophetic word from the prophet of God, that he would consume or destroy Israel’s enemy, the Syrians. Now in verse 19 Elisha says that Joash would only defeat the Syrians three times. What happened? There is a difference between defeating and destroying the enemy.   

King Joash was just going through the motions, just doing what he was told. He was obedient but not passionate. There was no faith, zeal, persistent or a righteous indignation against the works of the enemy.   

James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”    

Elisha had previously said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance.” The arrows in our own lives, is the word (scriptures) of God. These arrows are mighty in bringing deliverance when we declare and apply them over our circumstances. Through prayer the Holy Spirit guides us in discernment and revelation, so that the Word of God is led in the right direction, the enemy. We must hit the mark with fervent faith and persistency so as to not simply defeat the enemies’ tactics, but destroy his works once and for all in our lives.   

King Joash used a bow and arrow, a common weapon during that era. Spiritually speaking, the bow is symbolic of our faith. When we stretch our faith using the word (arrow) of God, as a weapon against the enemy, we can defeat the works of the enemy. When we are persistent we will prevail and destroy the enemy’s works. Jesus is a prime example of one who defeated the devil in the wilderness by saying, three times to the devil, “It is written”.  

Jesus defeated the enemy tactics in the wilderness, but Jesus destroyed the works of the enemy at the cross by fulfilling the Word (Matt. 4:1-11).    

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