First Response, Continuous Action, Finishing Moves
Posted by Brad Quiring on June 7, 2016
As human beings we have this tendency to depend on ourselves. We think we can do it.
“Pull yourself up!”
“Just follow your heart!”
“You can be anything you want!”
“There is no challenge you can’t overcome!”
“Climb every mountain! Ford every stream!” (Now you have the “Sound of Music” song running through your head!)
In one sense it is true. Human intelligence, creativity, intuition and resourcefulness can accomplish so much. What happens when we cannot do it? What happens when the storm of life swamps our boat and we begin to drown?
No matter how much we have done or can do, life takes us down quite easily. All the wise investment matters little when the company goes under. All the hard work to build the perfect house means nothing to the tornado, earthquake, flood or fire. All the careful cultivation comes to naught when those bugs get into the garden. A microscopic virus takes the biggest, strongest person and drops them in bed for a week.
Of course we need to invest wisely, build carefully and to code, tend the garden and be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. But we must never, ever forget we are not God. We are not lords of our own destiny with control of the circumstances around us. Only God is God. He is described in the Bible as King of Kings and Lord of Lords: “which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,” 1 Timothy 6:15
Satan is our ultimate enemy. Sin is our greatest obstacle. We all have a sin nature that we intentionally follow with our thoughts, words and actions. Everything is out of our control and we need God’s help to get through life, both in good and bad times. This means we must pray, but not just as a “last resort”. The battles in our life are continuous, therefore our prayer warfare must be continuous.
“When prayer becomes your immediate reflex instead of your last resort, the whole battlefield tilts in your direction.” -The Battle Plan for Prayer
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV).
Prayer must become a daily habit. It must be intentional and constant. It should be the natural response to any circumstance.
Prayer is communication with God. It indicates submission to God because when we pray, we are really saying, “God, I cannot do this. I cannot handle this. I am lost.” When we arrive at that point, our defenses and resistance to God fall. We allow God to work in and through us. As we intentionally submit to God it will not necessarily mean things get better. Your sickness may drag on, the house may be ultimately lost, the relationship may stay extremely tense. But we will now face the circumstance with God’s attitude, God’s wisdom and God’s patience.
- Start praying by setting aside time in your daily schedule to pray. It may seem “business-like”, but if you aren’t praying, this will get you started. Spend half of this time of prayer in thanksgiving and praising God. Maybe read some Psalms of praise to God right back to Him or sing some of your favourite praise and worship songs and hymns to Him.
- Join your church’s prayer chain and as soon as you are notified of a need or praise, pray. Right at that moment.
- As needs and thanksgiving come to mind, write them down and then pray for them.
- Choose a personal “tough one” close to your heart and pray everyday for that need or person. Pray everyday for years if needed. That’s real warrior stuff.
- When someone shares a prayer request with you, pray with them at that moment. It may sound strange, but I’ve even typed out prayers in a text message or Facebook Private Message as someone has been chatting with me.
- When you lay down at night, start praying. If you fall asleep while praying, you aren’t disrespecting God. Since prayer is submission to and faith in God, your Father, you are actually falling asleep in the arms of “Abba,” Daddy. What better way to end the day with your very last thought focused on God?
If you need someone to pray with you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)