Bible Passage for Meditation: Eph. 6:10-18
Key Verse: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6:17
In Isaiah 58:12, we are told, “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
From this verse, it’s quite clear that we as God’s people are called to be “breach repairers.” In essence, that’s why we exist, to repair what the enemy has torn down. The problem is, we often have so many holes in our own spiritual walls, that we can’t stand strong as intercessors for others. And God sadly wonders why there are no intercessors for the land (See Ezek 22:30, Isa. 59:16). However, this is where the Word of God and prayer come together.
One of the biggest blessings I’ve discovered in my own life from studying the Bible is the power that it gives me to become spiritually fortified so I can stand strong for others. What do I mean? I mean that when I recognize an area in my life where I’m weak or struggling (it might be a negative mindset, an unchristlike attitude toward someone, a love for something worldly that will pull me away from God, an unhealthy food addiction or craving, or something more serious—we need to pray and ask God to reveal these things to us, 2 Cor. 13:5), I take that breach in my life and I take a promise from God’s Word and I start praying that promise against my area of weakness until God gives me victory. Of course, I also must choose to surrender it to God and walk a new direction, but when I make these decisions and pray that God will change my heart, He always does! Not once, when I’ve truly spent time wrestling on my knees to have a breach in my life removed has He failed to answer.
That’s why the Bible tells us, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17). His Word is true and it’s our secret to spiritual fortification and our weapon against the enemy today.
I love this encouraging thought from Inspiration. Sister White writes, “With watchfulness and prayer [our] weakest points can be so guarded as to become [our] strongest points, and [we] can encounter temptation without being overcome” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 24, personal pronouns added).
Let’s keep praying for our church, that the Holy Spirit will be poured out and that we will be fortified to stand strong on behalf of the dying world. Let’s also pray that rather than making breaches, we will be used by God to build up and restore the breaches that Satan is seeking to create among us.
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving us the Sword of the Spirit to be our defense. Thank You that Your Word helps us to become strong fortified Christians for You. Help us know how to pray and stand in the gap on behalf of those who cannot stand for themselves. Help us know how to pray for our church and our leaders. We believe You are coming soon, and we want to be ready, but You must help us for the enemy is all around, seeking to destroy us. Our only safety and refuge is in You and Your Word. Amen.
By Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She is from Arkansas but currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)