When Joshua took over the leadership of Israel on their way to Canaan, he met a man with a drawn sword – the angel of the Lord. The angel said ‘As commander of the army of the Lord I have now come’. Joshua was never supposed to be on his own to take possession of the Promised Land. Simply that God had determined Israel would go in and possess the land and Joshua and the armies of Israel were God’s allies. The battle was the Lord’s. This wasn’t all. Joshua accepted the generalship of this new commanding officer, and asked what his orders were, “What message has my Lord for His servant?” and Joshua had a surprising answer. He expected to be told the strategy of the Lord, when and how he should fight but instead the command was ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy”. Joshua 5:14-15. In other words, worship, prayer, our relations with God comes before everything. But because prayer comes before everything it doesn’t mean it IS everything. Spiritual warfare is impossible without the Word of God, because the Word is the sword of the Spirit, and the Word must be used in the way intended, by being proclaimed. (Romans 10:-8-10). It is not a magic wand. Waving the Bible at the devil, or shouting a text at him will only amuse Satan. It is obedience to the Word and preaching the Word that worries hell. Pray and preach is the formula for victory. God bless you.