Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
Trains ~ Perceives by sight or some other sense. Distinguishes and discriminates.
PRAYER: Teach me how to fight my enemy like You did, Jesus. He comes at me like he came at you; quoting scripture, presenting spiritual arguments in such a persuasive way that it’s hard to discern if what I’m hearing is a God-breathed idea. But You knew the difference when You were in the desert and You will train me to develop my spiritual senses, too.
Many decisions lay in front of me. How do I know Your plans for me? My enemy mimics Your voice and wants to lead me to do something spiritual at the wrong time. The consequences are too great if I am a novice.
He told You to turn stones to bread when You were hungry. It wasn’t an evil idea Lord, because You did it later with the loaves and fishes. The miracle in the desert would have just been premature but how did You know? Was it because He promised You a way out of pain before it was time?
Today, I am asking You to teach me, train me, make me sharp and discerning. You promised You would when You sent Your Spirit to live inside Your children. “He will become your teacher and guide,” You said. How I need You. Satan would have me move when I should be still, speak when I should hold my tongue, overextend myself when I should simplify, feel guilty when I should celebrate Your forgiveness, and even bring an end to something holy when it’s nearly time for advancement.
Speak Your Word into my spirit. Speak loudly and clearly. You promised that Your sheep would know Your voice. So, let me know without a doubt that it’s You and not him. Or, let me know that it’s him and not You. Give me the precise Word to speak to overcome the voice of the tempter and liar. Make me skilled and seasoned with the Sword for a battle that I cannot see. All for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen