DAY 50: PRAYER FOR THE SAINTS TO SEE AMALEK, THE FLESH, AS THE FIRST ENEMY THAT HINDERS THEIR ENTERING THE GOOD LAND
Pray for the saints to see Amalek, signifying the flesh, the totality of the fallen old man, so that they will realize their need to rise up and fight this enemy in order to enter into the full enjoyment of Christ as the all-inclusive land (Deut. 25:17-19; Rom. 8:7-8; Gal. 5:17; Exo. 17:81-2).
Deut. 25:17-19—Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you came out of Egypt, that he met you on the way and struck you at the rear, struck all those who were worn out at your rear, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore when Jehovah your God gives you rest from all your enemies surrounding you, in the land which Jehovah your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.
Rom. 8:7-8—Because the mind set on the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, for neither can it be. And those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Gal. 5:17—For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these oppose each other that you would not do the things that you desire.
Exo. 17:81, Amalek—Meaning warlike. Amalek typifies the flesh, which is the totality of the fallen old man (Gal. 2:16; see notes 32 in Gal. 3 and 191 in Gal. 5). The fighting between Amalek and Israel depicts the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit within the believers (Gal. 5:17; cf. 1 Pet. 2:11). Amalek was a descendant of Esau (Gen. 36:12), Jacob’s twin brother. This indicates that the flesh is very close to our regenerated being, signified by Jacob. Esau was born first and Jacob second, indicating that the flesh is of the first man, the old man.
Exo. 17:82, fought—Amalek was the first enemy encountered by the children of Israel on the way to the good land (Deut. 25:17-18; 1 Sam. 15:2). This indicates that our flesh is the first among all our enemies. The flesh, sin, the world, and Satan are all related, but the most prominent among them in fighting against the believers is the flesh (Gal. 5:17). When in our experience the flesh is put to death (Gal. 5:24; Rom. 8:13), the world cannot hold us, sin cannot operate in us, and Satan is powerless to work on us. Amalek’s purpose in attacking Israel was to frustrate them from entering the good land. Likewise, Satan’s aim in stirring up the flesh to fight against us is to keep us from entering into the full enjoyment of the all-inclusive Christ as our good land (see note 71 in Deut. 8).