Psalm 144:1 says, "Blessed be the LORD my strength,
which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."
This is a Psalm of King David. He saw many battles, many invasions and had many enemies in his life time. Today, Believers do not go to war with the armies of Israel (yet!) because the New Covenant Scriptures teach us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (in the flesh) but in the Spirit. Our enemies are the principalities and powers of darkess. It could be an ongoing battle we face in our fleshly lusts and desires. It surely is in our spirital relationship and effectiveness with God's calling and purpose in our life.
Our enemies are evil spiritual forces that war against anything that resists God. We are the battleground! Our fight is in the sphere of effective prayer and intercession. That is warfare. I feel the most difficult thing to do is actually break through in prayer; where we know with confidence that our prayers have been heard and answered in the Throne Room of God. You can feel a spiritual breakthrough when it happens.
Psalm 18:34 says the same thing; "He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms." Prayer is spiritual exercise, a crucifiction of our flesh by taking time to interceed and hold others up in prayer and supplication.
When the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land God said that He was leaving five evil kings so the small children, the next generation, could learn how to fight and overcome (Judges 3:1,2).
Is it possible that He is doing the same thing with us? Leaving things that are a thorn in our side, strong enemies, and other issues in our lives so that we are driven to prayer? The older generation is passing on to their reward; who will take their place? If not us, then who?
When we do break through on an issue; whether health, healing or salvation for a loved one, or financial issues, we know that we have broken through after great effort and exercise in prayer.
When this happens, and it will if we persevere, we can boast in the LORD that "It is God that girds me with strength and makes my way perfect! He has given me the shield of salvation (our salvation,the most important victory we will ever achieve in this life!) and His right hand has held us up, and His gentleness has made me great." (Psalm 18)
He girds us with strength for the battle. He makes our feet like deer feet. We will mature in our battles and we will get to the place that we can hop and skip like deer running over the strong, tall mountains that in the natural look impossible to conquer. We will wound the necks of our enemies and they will not be able to rise; enemies such as unbelief, doubt, dispair; and salvation for loved ones that will finally come into the fold because of our preserverance in prayer.
Like Israel of old, it is God that avenges us against our strong enemies. We grow stronger during the battle. Stay confident that God is on our side, no matter the issue. If you are praying for a loved one, He is not willing that any should perish. If you are fighting a stronghold, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places and He has authority over even death and the grave! And He has given us great authority over principalities and powers in spirtual places.
Like my 90 year old spiritual father, Rev. Cooper says quite often, we are already winners! Our ticket is punched and we are ready to go! Fear not, for He is with us. Never, ever be dismayed for He is our God.