“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).
Satan acts as an evil force ever opposing you. “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). So, in order to defeat satan and his wickedness use prayer as the tool. Satan cannot withstand it.
After leaving Egypt, Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and at that time the Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim (Exodus 17:7, 8). The word ‘Amalek’ indicates the lusts. They wage war against the spiritual life of the children of God. The aim of the Amaleks was to stumble the people in defeat by pulling down their faith level and making them feel guilty.
Moses the devotee said to the Israelites “Do not be afraid. I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” That rod is known as “The Lord is my banner.” When that banner is raised, no one could oppose you.
“Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword” (Exodus 17:12, 13).
Dear children of God, you have to pray earnestly so that the Amaleks do not overpower you. Those are blessed, for whom the servants of God pray with burden. Shouldering the burden of one another and pleading to God for one another are of great strength and power. The fasting and praying are the weapons of victory which God gives.
What was the reason behind Jacob the devotee to turn into an Israelite and be successful for the whole of his life time? It is nothing but the tearful prayer only. “In his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought favour from Him” (Hosea 12:3, 4).
Look at Jesus Christ. How lot He shed tears? He shed tears near the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35), looking at Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and in the Garden of Gethsemane (Hebrews 5:7, Luke 22:44). Dear children of God, if you had learnt to pray with tears, no one could oppose and prevail over you for the whole of your life time.
To meditate: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5, 6).