“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”/Colossians 4:2
“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”/ 1 Chronicles 16:11
“You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows”/ Job 22:27
Going off yesterday’s God Gold about prayer, there’s another huge truth with prayer that I felt the need to share with you. As much as God has opened my eyes to see Him even bigger with this truth and the impact He continuously has in my life, I pray this can be of some encouragement to you also and move you closer to the Lord.
Yesterday I mentioned the importance of prayer and that time spent talking to God. Looking at prayer and everything through the lens of the Gospel, seeing our need for God and the incapability we have to do life on our own, most of all seeing God’s awesome love and faithfulness to us which gives us a victorious life to live not just one day in eternity but here and now. We can have supreme confidence when we give our problems and life to God that He will show us just how amazing LIFE really is when living in His Will!
The problem I’ve faced so often and at times I’m sure we all do is this failure cycle I mentioned yesterday; “After going through so many days of failure in some personal areas that sprinkled defeat throughout the rest of my life, I always found myself asking, “how did I fail again, why do I continue to fall into this same sin, why can’t I beat and get out of the circumstances I’m in, why can’t I be better?” It’s those questions asked over and over again to myself that have kept me wondering, failing, stuck, failing, wanting more, but still failing. It’s a vicious cycle of what happens when we ask those questions to ourselves and seek answers from ourselves, lean on our strength and what we got to get through something, to just get better.”
Do you ever find yourself asking those same questions? Do you ever find yourself in that pit of defeat, no matter how hard you try you can never seem to dig out of it? What must change? This verse from Colossians says; “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” You can find verses about devoting yourself to prayer all throughout God’s Word and there’s a big reason to that. With God’s Word being instruction from God spoken directly to me and you, He’s telling us the way out of the pit. When one devotes themselves to prayer, they are letting go of their own strength, letting go of trying to dig out of the pit and move forward by themselves. When we go to prayer it’s a humbling of ourselves, giving up our incapability for God’s capability. Devote yourself to prayer and you are devoting yourself to God. That’s when things start to change, no longer do you have that low-living, defeated perspective from the bottom of the pit, no longer do you walk scared to mess up with that fear of failure looming over you with every step. Walking with God, leaning on God, and devoting yourself to God changes everything because God is all and then some of everything we need to conquer any problem that comes our way. No pit is deep enough for God’s power! “Look to the LORD and his strength”
This is the big part about these verses and prayer that has really helped me out a lot. You see the words in these verses like, “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.””“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Devotion to God isn’t just a when I feel like it, sometimes type of thing, devotion is everything, all the time whether you feel like it or not. The moment we take our eyes of God, the moment our thoughts start to turn into evil thoughts, temptation, and we let that be. Failure and defeat are ALWAYS going to follow. Instead, ALWAYS seek the Lord, and be watchful, meaning stay on guard for whatever could be thrown in your path. Instead of just praying about big needs or tough problems I have lately, God has started to show me through His strength and my weakness that I have to constantly ask Him for help, otherwise I’m going to continue digging deeper into that pit. “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Instead of waiting for the attacks to come at you from all different angles, God says to come to Him in prayer ALWAYS, CONSTANTLY! If you go to God all the time then what room have you left to fail? ZERO! God’s love and provision is unfailing and so faithful! Go to God before you even have to worry about the attacks and obstacles you may face on the road ahead. Staying in that connection with the always victorious God will prepare you to win. “Winning” may mean different things for all of us because we all have our different struggles but why wait til the game is one the line to take the game winning shot? Look at basketball greats like Micheal Jordan and Kobe Bryant, two guys who made a huge mark on the game for being all time great players with some of the greatest skills this world has ever seen, and they were also known for hitting those clutch game winning shots. If you read up on them or asked them how they got to that level they wouldn’t tell you they just showed up and their natural ability carried them to greatness and winning. Their winning started in the long, hard, hours of sweat in the gym working on their game, shooting jump shot after jump shot, preparing themselves to be the best, preparing themselves to win.
God makes it clear that we too must be DEVOTED to Him, always seek His strength and leave nothing to chance because we will take attacks from the enemy, we will take hits in this life and we can’t just walk out into life expecting to win on our own ability. We will always fail. Spend those long hours digging into God’s Word, seeking Him through prayer, completely lose yourself in the devotion to God and learning more about Him. When you walk out on the playing field of life with Him at the lead of your life, walking in His strength, seeing the world in His vision, step onto the field as who God says you are, a VICTORIOUS child of God who can’t be beaten and can’t be harmed no matter what the world throws at us. These verses from Job, a man who endured sooo much hardship in his life, literally went through every kind of attack and obstacle you could think of and in chapter 22, Job speaks with His confidence as winner set in God.
“You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows”Job 22:27
It’s that simple. Go to God and watch the work He does in your life. You may be in that pit of defeat right now but God says you don’t have to stay there. You may not be in that pit but you are terrified that the fall into one is right around the corner, take time to prepare to win, if you fail to prepare and go to God before the attack comes, then you know what will happen. If you’re like me you know and you continue to ignore the power of God’s presence we have right beside us at all times. I pray we can take these truths to heart and go to God, not just when we’re in trouble but always, seek Him and His strength so we can walk into this life we have with Him as the VICTORIOUS children of God that He has made us to be!