TRAINING MY FINGERS FOR BATTLE
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
You are such a kind Father. You do not send children to the front lines to be annihilated by an enemy who is too strong for them. You’ve given me everything I need to be victorious over any tactic, any scheme, strategy, or plan of the enemy. While he may be cunning and know me well, (for he knows where and when to strike), Your weapons are mighty and promise a way of escape. At the end of the day, I will stand on my feet like David, assessing Goliath, who lay in defeat because he failed to cover a stone-sized piece of exposed forehead. I anticipate victory today because my weaponry is fashioned by You.
So, make me a soldier. Train my hands for war. I am in boot camp. I am a soldier, not a civilian. Today, I put on the pieces of armor You have provided for me. You inspired the Apostle Paul to reveal that You armor is the armor of Light. It is You, Lord Jesus Christ.
I put on the helmet of salvation. Protect my thoughts. Bind my mind to Yours. Conform all my thoughts to Your thoughts.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness. Protect my heart, my most vital organ. Conform my desires to Your desires. I long to love what You love and hate what You hate today.
I put on the belt of truth. No matter what comes at me, I make a vow to stand in Truth. Expose deception quickly so that I can plant my feet in the foundation of what is safe and secure, Your very Words.
I put on the shoes of peace. The terrain of my life can be slippery and hard to maneuver. I often don’t know how to be a righteous peacemaker. Don’t let me love peace more than truth, Lord. Show me today when peace is needed andwhen truth is more important than peace.
I take up the shield of faith. I am adjusting my mindset to believe You today even when it seems ludicrous. I believe You even though You may look guilty. No matter what, no matter whom, I choose to believe You; I’ll believe who You say I am, who You say You are, and how life works in the kingdom.
I take up the sword of the Spirit. Oh God, make me a marksman with the Word. I anticipate, now, the areas where I will be tempted today. Give me two scriptures that target my temptations. I am writing them out, Lord, and will have them ready for that hour. When your enemy comes and the compulsion to sin is in front of my face, I will open my mouth and read Your Words out loud – and will do this until the enemy flees. I know he will persevere, increase the effort, but I will take up the sword and have Your Word on my tongue each time he assaults. Arm me with Your strategic arrows on my tongue. Let me sense, even hear, the snarl of a defeated foe as he retreats. Give me victory where I’ve had none.
I repent now of any sin that would separate us today and dull my spiritual senses. Cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Deliver me of all lingering effects of evil. Send me, Your holy child, into battle ready and alert.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Son of God, I pray these things. In the name of Jesus Christ, Son of God, I stand. In Jesus' name, Amen