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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