Joshua 8 is such a unique chapter. It recorded God’s great military strategy that overthrew the children of Israel’s enemy. It also clearly states, how that in every situation we face, God’s present strategy is in place. We cannot rely on the way that He delivered us in the past.
Prayer is not a prescribed formula. It requires a heart that is ready to listen to what the Spirit is saying. The letters to the churches in Revelation give us great instruction for our present day. Revelation 2:7 says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches….” In each one He said what He would give as something special to those who would overcome.
Remember Jesus’ words in John 16:33, “…be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Romans 8:37 says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
We are called with a holy calling. We are more than adequately equipped to fight off the enemy of our soul with God’s armor and His ways. One of His ways is through setting up prayer ambushes.
In Joshua 8:3 it says, “…Joshua chose thirty thousand mighty men of valor and sent them away by night.” These men had to be ready to act the moment they were given the signal. That required they were to be alert and NOT occupied with anything else on their minds. Attentive. Watching. Alert. Ready. Valor means great courage in the face of danger.
Verse 18 says that Joshua stretched out his spear at the command of the Lord. Verse 19 says, “So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand, and they entered the city and took it, and hurried to set the city on fire.” Note the words: arose quickly, ran, and hurried. There was not a moment’s hesitation on their part. They were ready and able to obey in the moment.
Have you ever been occupied with doing something, and you get a thought in your mind to pray for someone? Our immediate action to pray is like an ambush. We don’t know what is happening, but we are ready as attentive warriors to battle on behalf of the one the Lord has brought to mind.
When the Lord intercepts our thoughts with an assignment to pray, it is a call to immediate action. If we are talking to someone, we need to say, ‘Let’s stop and pray right now. The Lord just brought ___ to mind.’ It only takes a moment to respond. Often my hands are full of something and I just hold still and pray.
Think of what it would be if all of the body of Christ was praying for the same thing. What an ambush that would be! The enemy would have no clue where the opposition to his work was coming from. He has no visible target because prayer is a spiritual weapon.
Psalm 149:5-6 is about us ~ God’s children with His mighty weaponry. Verse 7-9 says, “To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!” Let us take up arms and join together in ambush through prayer for our nation and other nations who are under attack.