With obedience comes victory – here lies the interplay between divine instruction and human strategy, success with failure, prayer with repentance and obedience with consecration. What an amazing scenario of the evidence of the tender and sacred relationship between God and I. Joshua’s story moves into that realm.
The Lord said to Joshua, “Take all the soldiers with you and go on up to Ai. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. I will give you victory over the king of Ai; his people, city, and land will be yours. – Joshua 8:1 GNT
When I face setbacks, I pray that I will lament openly before God and be quick to pray, to listen His word and to obey.
The idea of dropping to my knews and surrendering and to pray with all my heart comes from this verse.
Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
test me, and discover my thoughts.
Find out if there is any evil in me
and guide me in the everlasting way. – Psalm 139:23-24 GNT
When I have prayed this prayer, God has shown what my heart really looks like – it is never good. It is here, in my invitation to Him to probe, with the desire to be refined, that He reveals truth. Sometimes I have doubted if I really trust God – going through this experience is one of trust.
At the end of the day I want to answer, about Jesus, as Peter did.
Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:13-16 GNT
I come to prayer motivated to pray for others but knowing that God wants to be in touch with me – when I pray it is a time where my heart and God’s are in conversation.
For the ways he gives and sustains our physical life. For making us in his image, capable of knowing, loving, serving, enjoying him and other relationships; for preserving our lives thus far— bringing us through injuries and sicknesses so that we are alive today; for the supports and comforts that make our lives enjoyable, pleasant, and bearable; for the successes we have received, goals attained, and for the blessings we weren’t wise enough or capable of achieving but which he sent anyway. – Timothy Keller