Spiritual warfare is binding on earth what God has bound in heaven and loosing on earth what God has loosed in heaven, (Matthew 18:18) through prayer in the Spirit. It is a call to do battle in the name (authority) and power of God: to defend, protect, strengthen, deliver, maintain, repel, reclaim, that His will may be done on earth as it is in heaven, that His divine purposes may come to pass. And His chosen weapon for battle is the sword of the Spirit -- His living Word.
"So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
Again: True prayer begins at the heart of God, is made known to the hearts of men, is prayed back to God, and God answers -- the will of God is the starting pointing, we voice it, God does it.
"Through prayer the church was to release the power of the Kingdom on earth."
"For the kingdom of God does not exist in words but in power."
1 Corinthians 4:20
But the Message to the Churches tells us there was no knowledge of God among them, no knowledge of what He was binding and loosing in heaven. And some were so foolish and arrogant to believe that this verse meant that God would honor what they decided to bind and loose.
And I have also been told that in me there is this deficiency!
But He has again given me a prayer to pray that I might not only know but follow the way of His judgments.
Gaining knowledge of the way of God's judgments:
"The way of the righteous is smooth;
O upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
Indeed, while following the way of Thy judgments, O Lord,
We have waited for Thee eagerly.
Thy name, even Thy memory, is the desire of our souls.
At night with my soul I long for Thee,
With my spirit I seek Thee diligently;
For when the earth experiences Thy judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness."
And He has given me this word of encouragement.
"In that day the Lord of hosts will become a beautiful crown
And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;
A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment,
A strength to those who repel the onslaught (Lit. battle) at the gate."
Isaiah 28:5, 6