How many men and women did the army of Israel destroy in the City of Ai?
How was the King of Ai killed?
What did they do with the king's body after they hung him?
LESSON: God had promised the Children of Israel that He would bless them. However, before the blessing there had to be a battle. Even today, before the blessing, there must be a battle. Let's fight the good fight.
PRAYER: Father, remind me that the battle is yours. All I need to be is a faithful soldier. Amen.
CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS FIGHT BEST ON THEIR KNEES
A church sign carried this message, "WHEN YOUR KNEES GET TO KNOCKING, KNEEL ON THEM." That's good advice! Bringing our concerns to God in prayer will calm our fears and renew our courage. A prominent physician recently said the following:
"The best medicine I've discovered is prayer. As one whose whole life has been concerned with the suffering of the mind and body, I would state that of all hygienic measures to counteract disturbed sleep, depression of spirit, and a distressed mind, I would undoubtedly give first place to the simple habit of prayer. It does more to quiet the spirit and strengthen the soul than any other therapeutic agency known to man."
While prayer can be a good prescription for mental and physical health, it has another benefit that is even more beneficial: it is a mighty weapon for spiritual victory. Prayer is a vital part of our strategy to resist temptation and remain true to God when attacked by Satan. In Ephesians 6, after Paul named the various parts of the Christian's armor, he added that we should "PRAY ALWAYS." Have you asked the Lord today for His help and protection against your battles with the enemy of our soul? Never underestimate the power of prayer.