” Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!” (Joshua 6:6-7, 16)
Today is Monday and the start of a new week of prayer and a new focus on a prayer for me at the Germantown clinic. I have sensed from the Lord that I should continue to use the Rosary as a means of prayer but to add to the intention this week spiritual warfare. I will look at five events in scripture that speak of spiritual warfare, the first of which is the falling of the city of Jericho. At the end of Joshua chapter 5, Joshua has an encounter the Commander of the Army of the Lord, where Joshua falls on his face and is told to remove his sandals because he is on holy ground. This is all we know about this encounter but obviously the Commander instructed Joshua to take the city of Jericho because in the next chapter Lord says that He has given the city of Jericho into the hands of Joshua along with its king and fighting men. The Lord proceeds to give him instructions on how to take the city. It all looks a little strange when you first read the account of the fall of Jericho. March around the city once a day for six days behind the ark of covenant, blowing trumpets the whole time. Do not raise a battle cry, don’t say anything until you’re told to. Then on day seven, march around the city seven times, blowing the trumpets, circling the city, but now on the seventh time, they are commanded to SHOUT!! The Lord has given them the city!
That story has always excited me because it is completely the opposite of what one might think of doing when it comes to a battle. No fighting, no bloodshed, just obedience to the Lord. In fact, it is the bloodshed that we are fighting against in this battle for the unborn. In obedience to the Lord, the 40 Days for Life campaign is promoting peaceful, prayerful vigil outside of the abortion clinic in order to see an end to the bloodshed of abortion. In fact, today on day 27 of the campaign, it has been reported that 341 lives have been saved through this unusual form of spiritual warfare. Yet we are in a battle. We are fighting for the life of the unborn child and for the life of the mother of the unborn child as well.
God’s ways are not our ways to be sure, but His ways are always the best ways!