If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength; but wisdom to sharpen the axe helps him succeed with less effort.
While it is wonderful to have such a tool as an axe, when it is blunt it is as good as useless. Likewise, it doesn’t help us to know that we have powerful spiritual weapons which are not in good working order. Rather, our weapons must be well sharpened, oiled and serviced.
A sharp axe is efficient. That means it is capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy. So should our spiritual weapons, dear prayer-warrior. In the same vein, sharp instruments are precise. That means they are accurate and exact. So should our spiritual weapons be.
Sometimes there is really nothing wrong with us as such, beloved. Often the only problem we have is having dull weaponry. That makes them inefficient, ineffective and imprecise. Let me ask you this dear friend: How sharp is your axe? How efficient are your spiritual weapons? How precise is your prayer life?
Jesus teaches that great prayers are not so because of their length, but their precision (Mathew 6:5-8). The sharpness of our prayers is affected by our motives, revelation and relationship with the Heavenly Father.
Oh how drastically our lives, families and communities would change if all our prayers were effective! Let us say no to wasteful prayers. Say no to unanswered supplications. Reject fruitless intercessions. Shun dullness in prayer. Let us make every prayer count. Let us do serious damage in the enemy’s camp. Let us receive all that we should through sharpened prayer.