Day 5 – Prayer & Fasting Blog (Lift up Prayers, Stick to the WORD & Stand and Defend your Ground)

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 23:8-12 (NIV)

[8] These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, (meaning, mental or spiritual returning away from evil and vice and turning towards virtue and God) {Basshebeth means “He who sits on the Seat” or He who sits in His Seat}a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.

[9] Next to him was Eleazar (means God has Helped) son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the Israelites retreated
[10] but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.
[11] Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. (The name Shammah means Waste or rather Appalling Desolation, and is an example of a name that probably didn’t have the function of reflecting qualities of the bearer but rather to commemorate a certain event that had nothing to do with the bearer, and at best coincided with his birth.) When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them.
[12] But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
I shared this message in our final Prayer Service of 2016. Here we see that David had a very effective team of warriors who were individually excellent. They knew their craft and executed technique brilliantly.
It is important for us to sharpen our skills during this fast so that when we are called upon we are not found wanting. “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened,more strength is needed,but skill will bring success.” (Ecc.10:10)
Key Prayer Points
1. Josheb-Basshebeth-meaning, mental or spiritual returning away from evil and vice and turning towards virtue and God)…We have the mind of Christ as believers….
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:13
  • Pray that we as a Body will turn away from all that is evil.
  • Pray that every vice that holds us will be broken in Jesus name.
  • Pray that we will passionately pursue after God and serve Him with the spirit of excellence.
His name also means the one who sits in his seat. Like a passenger that has been allocated a seat on a flight…may we know where we are supposed to be…Take your place, take your position, don’t be a spectator.
He was also the chief…speaking of rank. Know that you are of high value to the King.
He lifted up his spear…the spear can also be referred to as the lance of Intercession. We are called to pray.…Your prayers can pull down strongholds that have been established for centuries. Your prayers are powerful and effective.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;1 Tim.2:1-3
2. Eleazar – means God has helped. Know that in this season we cannot do it in our own strength. We will fail without God.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
Eleazar – struck down the enemy until his hand grew tired and stuck to his sword. We need to develop skill in our use of the Word of God. No matter what stick to the Word…this is a part of the armour which God supplies. When you know the Word you will be able to stand your ground and not be moved.
3. Shammah – his name means waste but he certainly wasn’t a waste man. The meaning of his name was not reflective on his character or ability but more to do with events coinciding with his birth. There are things that we don’t have control over…where you are in life is just a scene in your story its not the end. Your condition is not your conclusion. Where you are from does not determine where you are going.
Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field and he defended it. Pray that we will contend for those things which are important….may we defend each other and block the adversary from gaining ground and taking our possession.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude :3
As we press in to prayer….all of us shall be victorious.

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