The Blessing Of Failure With the Power of Jesus

There’s an Islamic quote that I appreciate as a Christian. It reads: “When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.”

Often times when we feel down or defeated, we do not always respond by first turning to God to pray. When the world has incapacitated us, among the best pieces of armor we have is to pray. Prayer is not only submission to Jesus, it is an act of surrendering our feeble attempts to handle what was never ours to handle in the first place. 

THE TRUTHS ABOUT FAILURE

God has the answer for every question we ask before we’ve even processed the thought preceding our question. He already knows. Failures are a way out of continuing to make the choices that take us away from the plan God has for us.

The mistakes we make are blessings in disguise because they allow God to work through the cracks of what we may believe is our own genius. We can be absent-minded, finding ourselves taking for granted how God works behind the scenes of life. Satan himself needs permission to challenge or test any of us, and that permission comes from God’s authority. God has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and when we fail, God moves His hand in our lives to make way for a new path. We do our part by being obedient upon His divine direction. When we see an exit to a path as some kind of banishing, we miss the point—failure does not signify defeat; failure divulges a new path to the next success. Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, to master a skill, one may fail multiple times; if our failures take us to our knees. When they do, then we pray with the power and boldness in a God capable of all things, knowing He has our best intentions at heart. 

FINDING COMFORT IN JESUS

When we can learn to recognize the world for what it is—corrupted and fallen—we will find it more understandable when we get knocked down from facing strong, worldly opposition. At this recognition, prayer will become more natural; the words of our prayers will start flowing out of our authentic heart posture, and we will believe one-hundred percent that God is for us. And He is for us: 

Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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18 thoughts on “The Blessing Of Failure With the Power of Jesus

  1. “Often times when we feel down, defeated, upset, disappointed, or cornered, we do not always turn to God and pray first in response.” This is so true. I think way too often our first response goes back to the “fight or flight” response. But new life in Jesus should mean new responses as well. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks so much!

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  2. Amen! His Word and pray have gotten me through things I thought would defeat me. Thanks so much for linking up at Counting My Blessings Faith ‘n Friends Link Party. It’s a blessing to meet you. I’ve followed your social media outlets and look forward to reading more. God bless you!

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    1. Thank you for your words, Deb! I’m so glad we were able to meet here. It’s a blessing to have found you as well! Your words are more appreciated than you know, and I’m looking forward to reading more from you, too! God bless you and your writing, Deb! 🙂

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  3. These are wise words that are so helpful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your heart.
    I wonder why sometimes we don’t go to God first instead of trying to fix things ourselves. I guess that’s a part of human nature. I pray that as Christians we will all remember that He is with us and will give us wisdom if we just ask and to seek Him first.

    I’m your neighbor at #TuneInThursday. Have a blessed day!

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    1. Hi Gayl! Thank you for commenting. I agree with you, I think part of humanity’s flawed nature is that we tend to turn to our strength before asking God for the kind of strength we actually need (which only comes from Him). I agree with you in your prayer, also–that we would remember He is with us, always, and that we would remember to seek Him first before anything else. It’s a blessing to meet you Gayl, God bless you!

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  4. Jesus is all we need and we are on our knees we can recognize the world for what it is…. Wow so true – It is also true that we should hit out knees first when troubles come our way, but it is often a 2nd or 3rd or last resort after we have exhausted all our natural options and thoughts… I wish it weren’t true, but it is. I am so very grateful that God doesn’t judge me, but it more than ready to welcome me and gentle nudge my heart with a whisper of it’s about time, I have been waiting for you right here. Thanks again lance for linking up today with #TuneInThursday

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    1. Debbie, thanks for writing such personal and sincere comments on these articles. Your words have such substance and thought within, and that tells me you really read the words carefully. As a writer, that makes me feel very valued, and as a Christian, that excites me to know someone else sees what I do! I’m very grateful for that, so thank you for your words! Looking forward to future linkups and I pray God continues to bless you, your writings, your readers, and your passions. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. I know I have made some wrong turns and very bad decisions in life, But most of them have helped me to be able to help others. I have to admit that I thank him for letting me make some of the mistakes I have made because it has made me a better person and I as I said I have been able to help others where If I hadn’t gone thru some of the things I did I wouldn’t have been able to help.
    Thanks for sharing at LMM Link up to see you again this week.
    Have a great week
    Connie

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    1. I very much believe in the power of Jesus working through our mistakes and our failures to bless others. As the Bible says: “My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) There is nothing He cannot turn into something for His glory! God bless you, Connie, and thank you again for commenting. Have a fantastic week!

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  6. Lance, great post! Why is it we fight prayer so much? We try to hold on by keeping our foot in the door that’s closing or trying to figure some way out of the mess! And all the time God just wants us to connect with Him! I’m your neighbor at #TeaandWord. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you for reading, Donna! Isn’t it a mystery the way humans view prayer and its importance—even believers? I think it’s a powerful statement to the enemy’s attempts to get us to give up on prayer, and a testimony to its power when we fight back WITH prayer. 🙂 God is so good, and He draws us near in prayer. So glad to find yet another believer who thinks highly of this truth. God bless!

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  7. I have always been told to be in constant prayer there is nothing to big or to small for Him. I also know that He is always there when we need him. All that know me know my testimony and the fact that I keep Christ first in my life some times are easier than others but unlike many think it is not an easy path
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    1. Angie, thanks for your comment. Whoever shared with you how constant prayer is neither too big or small was very wise! Others who can see you placing such trust and dependency on Christ are being giving a blessing with each interaction. I pray your ministry blesses many to come! God bless you!

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