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, defeated, upset, disappointed, or cornered, we do not always turn to God and pray first in response. Whether figurative or hypothetical is irrelevant—if and when the world has incapacitated us, the best thing we could do is 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. What do I mean by this? Let me explain.

THE TRUTHS ABOUT FAILURE

If our boss fires us, we could thank God for closing the wrong door and opening the right door of opportunity elsewhere. If our girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with us, we could thank God (after mourning the loss/change in life, if needed of course) for giving us the wisdom that that person wasn’t the right partner for us; or we may even feel God calling us to continue pursuing that person with patience, passion, and love. God has the answer for every question we ask before we’ve even processed the thought which leads to 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.

Mistakes we make are blessings in disguise because they allow God to speak through the cracks of what we may believe is our own genius. We can be absent-minded, and so we can find ourselves mistakenly taking for granted how God works behind the scenes of life; the Devil himself needs permission to challenge or test any of us, and that permission comes from God. God has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and when we fail, God allows us to see the exit sign so that we may choose to leave and move towards the correct entrance he has planned for us elsewhere. Concordantly, when we see the exit as some kind of banishing, we miss the point: Failure does not signify defeat—failure divulges the road to the next success. To learn, one must make mistakes. Sometimes to master a skill one must fail multiple times, and if our failures take us to our knees, then we pray. But we don’t just pray some mechanical prayer lacking the faith of a mustard seed—we pray with meaning, precision, and intention. Most of all, we pray with power and confidence in a God capable of all things, knowing He has our best intentions at heart. 

WHAT WE CAN PRAY FOR

How will we know what to pray? Well, we just covered that there’s something we failed at doing, or failed to do well, right? So we pray for the knowledge needed to know how we went wrong, the humility to admit our error to ourselves and to do better when we try again (because we will be trying again). Pray for the tenacity to keep going and the strength to move forward (confidence) without looking back (shame). Pray we would be more receptive to the way God motivates us with His love and that He would help us not to search for worldly validation or strength and instead to remind us how His power conquers all, and to remember His power is aimed for our good. We then give a shout of praise that God is a good God who wants us to succeed, to heal, and who loves us so much as to see us through to victory, moving forward with bold confidence. And we always close by declaring the prayer request in Jesus’s name! The name above all names—Amen! 

Now get off your knees, close the door to the flood of thoughts God is lovingly telling you you don’t need, and move on. Try again, and keep trying whether or not you are back on your knees, and if you’re back on your knees you pray again; if you’re not, you give a shout of praise to thank Him that you’re not! God is always good! He always has our back! He always wants what is best for us. God allows pain when He knows it will mold us into a stronger version of ourselves, even if we can’t see how that could be yet. It isn’t our job to understand what He’s planning or to judge the way He executes justice based on our own discernment—our job is obedience, that we would glorify His name with thanks, praise, and the pursuit of a deeper, stronger relationship with Him through Jesus. The rest falls into place when we seek the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 6:33).

FINDING COMFORT IN JESUS

Jesus is all we need, and when we can recognize the world for what it is when we’re on our knees—that is, when we can see how the world is corrupted and that it is understandable how we get knocked down when we face such a strong worldly (and spiritual!) opposition—prayer will become more natural. The words of our prayer will start flowing because our hearts will be in the right place and we will believe 100% that God is able. He IS able and there’s nothing and no one that can stop God from loving us and giving us His goodness through His love for us (Roman 8:38-39). Believe this, embrace it, praise Him for it and move forward. Keep your eyes on the Lord and thank Him for being the Father God that He is. He loves you more than you could imagine! Live off of the strength of this truth and be uplifted today, readers, in Jesus’s name!!

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Expectation

Author: Lance Price Blog 2017

Something I’ve loved to do since I was in High School is write. What starting off as as merely poetry transitioned into a more serious passion. Now, as a blogger, I want my writing to help people understand themselves, others, and Jesus in fresh ways that maybe they hadn’t understood before. My sincerest hope is that my writing will be an inspiration, and a means of encouragement for those who are going through a hard time—whether it be related to trauma, spiritual crisis, or an issue regarding family/divorce and relationships. I also mean for my articles to act as a boost of confidence for those who are already riding the waves of optimism, joy, and hope. You'll also notice my new "Movie Reviews" page, which will be made up of my movie critiques. Though these are not the same as my blog posts in the sense that they are not Jesus-based but movie-based, I will still review films from an open-minded Christian standpoint. Above all else, as a Christ follower, I hope my faith will permeate the words of my articles and encourage others to follow the Lord of salvation, love, grace, mercy, empowerment, forgiveness, and eternal life. I hope the very best comes from reading what I write and that these goals are met through the hearts of readers being challenged and changed for the best. Thank you for reading!

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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