As we wrap up this seven-day study on “Preparing for Battle,” in my study time I’m reminded of Jesus battle in the Garden of Gethsemane. All four Gospels record this event in their narrative, and we can gain some real insight from our leader, Jesus Christ, on how to engage in battle. As Jesus was preparing to fulfill the scriptures and Gods plan for the redemption and salvation of man. As we examine the events that took place in the garden and how Jesus was preparing for the cross, we can see the battle strategy principals we have discussed all week used by Jesus.
The first thing Jesus does that relates to what we have talked about is He takes his team with him, so he is not alone. The Bible tells us he took the disciples with Him to the Passover meal and then later that evening to the garden. When He gets to the garden, He takes His closest disciples, Peter, James, and John to a place that was separated from the rest. When we go into battle, we need to remember we don’t go at it alone. We have a body of believers who love us and have our backs. Jesus is our model of doing this as He was preparing for battle.
The next thing He did that we studied this week, was He went and prayed to the father. Prayer is our greatest weapon against the enemy and Jesus, who is our example, went off to a private place to prepare for battle. If Jesus needed to go out to the father and pray for guidance, direction, and wisdom alone in prayer, how much more do we need to pray before we do battle.
Not only did Jesus pray, but He knew the scriptures, and He knew he was called to fulfill them. One of the things we discussed as part of our battle strategy was reading the Bible. We need to hear the word, read the word, memorize the word, and meditate on the word. Jesus knew the word, he was the word, but He also used the word to prepare for battle. He asked the father to take this “Cup” or in other words the struggle and suffering he was about to go through in preparation for the cross and on the cross from Him. But then He says, “not my will but your will be done.” Jesus knew the fathers will through the scriptures and through the love the father has for Him as the Son.
The garden was preparation for the most significant battle Jesus was going to face. He had a battle strategy in place, and He was ready. My question for everyone reading this is, do you have a strategy for battle with the enemy?
There is one thing I can say for, and it is the enemy is going to attack you, are you ready? The last seven days were just some of the Biblical concepts and principals you can use to build your battle strategy to thwart off the attacks of the enemy. Remember he is relentless, always on the prowl, looking for someone weak to devour.
I wish you the best as you grow in Christ and become a disciple and walk in His steps.