A Guide To Intercessory Prayer
by Rev. Richard W. LaFountain

The Battle Is the Lord's
Let's Get It Right!
I get nervous around people that are too aggressive. I mean the people who 
are always on a rampage about something. They become Christians and 
suddenly they are in a perpetual state of war. Their thoughts, demeanor, 
actions, and attitudes are war like. They are crusaders hell bent on 
smashing something. These well-meaning Christians have become spiritual 
warmongers. They see the enemy in every shadow, behind every tree, and 
operative in every negative thing that happens. 

When we speak of "spiritual warfare" we are not talking about a perpetual 
rampage. Spiritual war is a reality. We are in a fight. The enemy is real. 
Demons are real. Attacks of the enemy are real. But we must be careful not 
to give the devil too much credit. He is not in charge - God is! 

Satan is not god-like either. 
He cannot read our minds. He is not omnipresent. He is not all powerful. He 
is not sovereign. He does not own the universe, or the earth for that 
matter. He is a created being, a fallen angel, whose end is certain, and 
his defeat final at the cross. (Hebrews 2:14) 
Get it right!
"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper, and every tongue that 
rises against you will be put to silence." You are bought with the precious 
blood of Jesus, kept by the power of God, translated from the power of 
darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son, your name is written in 
heaven, you can never perish, and no man can pluck you out of God's hand. 
Satan is not on the throne, never was, and never will be!  It is time for 
believers to stop acting like Satan is God's negative counterpart. He is 

We are simply put tools in the hand of our all-victorious God to announce 
to fallen spiritual authorities that God is indeed still in charge. God 
chooses to use us, frail human creatures, to embarrass the enemy with the 
fact that even the weakest saint, in Christ, is stronger than he. Why? So 
that the excellency of the power might be of God, and not of us. 

"We wrestle not against flesh and blood." 
Our wrestling is not with God in prayer, but with "idealogies" (2 Cor 
10:3-4), that is, wrong thinking, that proceeds from the pit of hell. We 
are those who set the record straight in the name of Jesus. We do not kill 
demons, and we cannot even wound the devil. It is not that kind of fight. 
That kind of thinking is "flesh and blood" thinking. 

This is a thinking battle.
"Casting down imaginations ... and everything that exalts itself above the 
knowledge of God." It's not about mighty arguements or strong wrestling arms.
It is about thinking right. It is about believing God and thinking his thoughts
about the battle. The battle is the Lord's.