• Rev. Mark Tews

Pray with Confidence

You never know when God is going to call you to fight the enemy. When He does, don’t sit on your backside waiting for something to happen! Get into the game! Put on your gear, get into the arena, and watch God fight for you no matter what obstacles you face.

In his book David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell documented the lives of many successful leaders and entrepreneurs who succeeded, not in spite of challenges and suffering in life, but because of them. He called this phenomenon “the advantage of disadvantage.” Gladwell cited a study from City University of London that noted that one third of highly successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Sharon Thompson-Schill, another researcher, recalled speaking at a prominent university donors' meeting filled with successful business people. There, she asked how many of them had been diagnosed with a learning disorder, and half of the hands raised. Gladwell suggested that there were two possible explanations. One was that this remarkable group of people triumphed IN SPITE OF their disability. In other words, they were so smart that nothing could stop them, not even a lifetime of struggle with reading. The second explanation was even more intriguing: they succeeded BECAUSE OF their disorder. In other words, they learned something in their struggle that proved to be of enormous advantage. (Mark Clark, The Problem of God, Zondervan, 2017, pages 120-121; www.PreachingToday.com).

So many believers feel like their particular struggle puts them at a disadvantage. However, the opposite is true when you depend on the Lord. He uses that very struggle to an enormous advantage. So, if you want to win the victory over the enemy in your life, don’t shrink back in fear from the challenge ahead. Instead, proceed with confidence in God’s Word. Then … PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S WILL. Boldly ask God to do whatever is necessary to accomplish what He wants you to do in your fight against the enemy. Dare to request even impossible things from God, if that’s what you need to overcome the evil in your own life. That’s what Joshua did: “At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’” (Joshua 10:12).

God had told Joshua that “not a man of them shall stand before you.” (Joshua 10:8). But Joshua needed more time to make that happen. If night came, the enemy would escape under cover of darkness, the victory would be incomplete, and Joshua would not be able to accomplish God’s Will. So, he dared to ask God to make time stand still. He asked God to make the earth stop its rotation so that he could accomplish what God told him to do. And God did! “And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13). The Book of Jashar is a collection of Hebrew poems, honoring Israel’s leaders. It’s a matter of history. God delayed the sunset for almost a whole day for Joshua and the Israelites!

That’s what you and I must do if we want to win the victory over the enemy in our lives. Like Joshua, we must pray with confidence in God’s will. We must dare to ask God for the impossible if that’s what you need to accomplish what God has told you to do. The Bible says, “This is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14–15). When you ask for God’s Will to be done in your life, you can be sure that God will help you do it!

What exactly is God’s Will? Well, the Bible is very clear here. “This is the Will of God, your sanctification,” your holiness, your being set apart from sin unto God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). God wants you to have complete victory over sin in your life, so ask Him to give it to you, even if it seems impossible. Ask Him for whatever it takes to set you apart from sin. Then watch as God fights for you against the forces of evil in your own life.