Cry Out in Battle

Editor’s Note:During the month of October, we’re pausing our regular blog content to bring to you an opportunity to Cry Out! in earnest prayer with the Revive Our Hearts family. Our deepest desire is that rather than bringing you more noise during these days, our October posts, content from the 31-Day Cry Out! Email Challenge, would help you to quiet your heart and seek the Lord with us. —Laura Elliott, Managing Editor, Revive Our Hearts

For they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.—1 Chronicles 5:20

It is almost as if David was desperately clinging to these words as he wrote them down . . .

Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me . . . in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:9, 11)

David wrote this psalm after he had been captured by the Philistines while Saul was seeking to kill him. Most likely David was facing deep fear and uncertainty as to whether he’d even see another day. And yet, he turned back to the truths he knew and called out to God with his victorious battle song.

Have you battled fear and uncertainty so deep that it’s hard to trust God and remember the truths of His Word? Does it feel like the enemy is winning the day and has more power than our Almighty God? Let’s follow David’s lead and run to the truth of God’s Word—the Sword of the Spirit—as our mighty offensive weapon against the roar of the evil one’s lies. One of the greatest ways to wield the Sword of the Spirit is through praying Scripture. Perhaps you can start doing that today as you join in the cry of David’s heart for the battles you are facing. Read these truths out loud:

My enemies will turn back . . . in the day when I call. 

This I know. God is for me.

In God I trust. I shall not be afraid!

How to Pray

God, teach me to “dwell in the shelter of the Most High” and “abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” You are “my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Thank You that You will “deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. You will cover me with Your pinions, and under Your wings I will find refuge; Your faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Adapted from Psalm 91:1–2).

What to Pray

Read Scripture aloud to cement these truths in your heart and mind:

  • Ephesians 6:10–18
  • Colossians 1:9–14
  • Jude 24–25

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Judy Dunagan

Judy Dunagan

Judy Dunagan served as a women’s ministry leader for twenty years before joining Moody Publishers in 2014 as an acquiring editor for the women's line of books and discipleship resources. A wonder seeker who chases knowledge of God and His Word, Judy is passionate about discipling women and making God’s Word come alive in everyday life. Judy and her husband, Rick, love their empty-nest years in the Colorado mountains. Connect with Judy at JudyDunagan.com.

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