Jesus’ words ‘It is written’ stopped the devil in his tracks each time he tried a new tactic. When we pray using God’s word it is like an ambush.
Joshua 8 is a great example of the power of an ambush. Joshua sent 30,000 mighty men of valor to lie in ambush behind the city of Ai. Verse 7 says, “Then you shall arise from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand.”
Verse 14 says that the king of Ai did not know that there was an ambush. Why? Ambush warfare is secret. Verse 20 says, “…they had no power to flee this way or that way…”
James 5:16 says, “…The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” What is righteousness? It is conforming and aligning our thoughts, purpose, and actions with God’s will and ways.
Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” When I think of the word ‘work’ in this verse I picture a potter on his wheel.
First he has to add water to the hard clay to make it moldable. As he kneads the water in, the clay begins to soften. Even as his lump is on the wheel, he has to keep adding water. Then he puts pressure on his lump to center it. It must be centered before he can begin to form his vessel.
I am drawing this analogy. As we keep adding the water of God’s word to our prayers, we are centering more and more on His power instead of the circumstances. I love Jeremiah 1:12 Amplified says, “Then the Lord said to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
We know from Isaiah 55:11 that His word does not return to Him void, but that it accomplishes what He pleases. What pleases the Lord? Our faith! As we pray His word by faith, our ambush warfare is backed by His power. Ephesians 1:19-20 described His resurrection power that He continually works in us.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.”