A mother concerned about her son and his wife recently emailed this request: "God has led me to do a Jericho' prayer...Would you join with me in "marching around the walls' this week. I am fighting this battle with praise!"
She was referring to the time Joshua faced a huge challenge-that insurmountable wall of Jericho. In Joshua 5:13, it appears that Joshua had gone to survey the situation. Taking this city looked impossible.
When Joshua stood in the presence of the Lord, the Lord assured him, "See, I have given Jericho into your hands" (Joshua 6:1). But God's instructions to march and blow trumpets did not appear to be a sure way to victory. They obeyed, though, and after the Israelites marched around and praised God with a shout, the walls of Jericho fell.
It's not surprising that this week the mother who had fought her battle with praise, emailed, "God has worked mightily."
I recently read "Onward Christian Soldiers" written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865. The third line of the second verse caught my attention:
"At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on then,
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise."
James assures us that if we "Resist the devil...he will flee" (James 4:7).
Dear Lord, help me to remember that praise is a powerful way to resist the enemy.
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.