… The Lord looked and was displeased
That there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one to intervene
So his own arm worked salvation for him
And his own righteousness sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his breastplate
And the helmet of salvation on his head
He put on the garment of vengeance
And wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. …
No one should be fooled into thinking that war is all about what we can physically achieve in battle. Before war is ever manifested in the physical realm, it exists first in the spiritual realm and to battle any war we must first take our stand “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12). This is ‘intervention’ (intercession) – our choice weapon of war.
We are told to put on the same forms of protection in which the Lord himself was arrayed to “stand against the devil’s schemes . . . . to stand your ground . . . . [to] stand firm . . . . [to] extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”. But more than this we are to protect ourselves with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests” (Eph 6:17-18).
Do you see war on the horizon? Confess your sins (Isaiah 59:11-15). “Put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:11). Pray. Without these, those who ride into any battle will be ineffective.
The Lord is coming!