I love Joshua 8. It reveals how we are to do spiritual warfare. Let us learn from this chapter God’s secret strategic weapon and put it into practice.
Let me give you some background. Joshua had sent men to spy out the land in chapter 6. Verse 4 says, “So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai.” Achan’s sin had not been discovered yet. Because there was sin in the camp they were defeated. Yet, God used it in a mighty way in chapter 8.
God instructed Joshua to set an ambush behind the city. The strategy was that when the men of Ai came out, Israel would flee as before. That was God’s trap. Verse 17 says that there was not one man left in the city because they all pursued Israel.
In Verse 18 the Lord told Joshua to stretch out his spear. Verse 19 says, “So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place…” They set the city on fire. Verse 21 says that when Joshua saw that the ambush had taken the city, they turned back and struck the men of Ai down. None escaped.
We, the church, are God’s secret weapon of ambush through prayer. Concerted, united prayer stands in the heart-gap the enemy has made. The proclaimed gospel gives them their own weapons of warfare when they believe. As they are discipled, the enemy’s strongholds are destroyed.
Jeremiah 1:10 says, “See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”