Sun, 26 August 2018
In war, communication between the commander-in-chief and his troops in the field is essential. It can be the difference between victory and defeat.
In WWII the United States faced Japan in the Pacific theatre. It was a conflict marked by desperate, brutal, and costly battles in places like Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
One key element that tipped the scales in American favor was our secure lines of communication. We had recruited scores of young men from the Navajo tribe to serve as communication specialists. The Navajo language is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn due to its syntax and tonal features. Unless you are a native speaker, it is virtually impossible to acquire their language. The Japanese were never able to break the communication code that the Navajo “wind talkers” established.
Clear and constant communication between military leadership and boots on the ground is essential for ultimate victory.
Today a war rages about us. It is unseen but real. It is a conflict between our Commander-in-chief, the Lord God, and the Devil and the forces of evil. How this war will fare in your life and mine depends, in large measure, on the communication that we have with God.
Thankfully, we do not need a special code. He understands Navajo, English, Spanish, and every other language on earth. He even interprets the muffled cries of a broken heart. Prayer is how we communicate with our Lord and bring His inexhaustible resources to bear on the battles that we face. It is the capstone piece of our spiritual armor.
Ephesians 6:18-20 says, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Let’s pray and win the spiritual battles we face!
“The Weapons of Our Warfare: Part 3”
Praying at all times in the Spirit, (6:18a).
With all prayer and supplication (6:18b).
To that end, keep alert with all perseverance (6:18c).
Making supplication for all the saints (6:18d).