_”So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.”_(Ezra 8:23)
Ezra’s story reminds me of the steadfastness and uncompromising faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. On their way from Babylon, Ezra and his fellow Hebrews knew that apart from the God of Israel, it was a humiliation for them to depend on carnal weapons before they could annihilate the foes on their way from Babylon to the Land of Israel. As they fasted and prayed unto the Lord of Host, victory became theirs, and the weapons of their enemies were of no effect. (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Ezra’s experience is broadening our Biblical knowledge base about the contention between David and Goliath. Just as Goliath boasted of his past glories, weapons, experience in warfare, strength and in his unusually terrifying appearance, David resorted to the Lord God of Israel; because he knew that it is impossible for God’s Spirit to be defeated by physical weapons.
Have you tried killing any evil spirit with your bare hands or with the sharpest sword? The physical cannot attack the spiritual but the other way round is possible. When we always call upon God with fasting, prayers and meditation on the Word of God without defiling ourselves with sin, He will surely win our physical and spiritual battles for us. His hand will be upon us and we will always be delivered from all demons and adversaries (Ezra 8;31).
*PRAYER*: Dear Lord Jesus, all my battles are yours. Victory belongs to you. AMEN*