One of my favorite laws is Newton’s third law, which states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” While this law originates from physics, we often find parallels in our personal lives and apply it to our own experiences.We often strive to reciprocate exactly what we receive from others, neither going above nor below their actions. I find this principle to be relevant when considering the challenges we encounter in life. It highlights how readily we tend to react physically to these challenges.
In the context of being children of God, it is important to acknowledge that every challenge we encounter can be viewed as a fight or battle that needs to be faced.
The way we handle these battles plays a significant role in determining the outcome. How we approach and address our challenges can greatly impact the results we achieve.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
The Bible clearly emphasizes that our battles are spiritual in nature, going beyond a simple “tooth for a tooth” or “eye for an eye” mentality. These battles are not individualistic; they are part of a larger kingdom battle between the Kingdom of God and the forces of the enemy. It highlights the significance of understanding the spiritual aspect and engaging in the fight with a broader perspective.
Many Christians have become accustomed to this truth and may no longer regard it as the ultimate truth it is. We may think, some challenges require just wisdom, yes definitely! But who gives wisdom? And do you think all solutions apply to all problems? No! God gives new perspectives in tackling situations.
It’s important to remember that when the enemy fights against your breakthrough, it is not because he has a personal problem with you, but rather with God and His purpose for your life. The enemy opposes your alignment with God’s will and seeks to hinder your progress based on your commitment to God and your chosen path. This perspective helps us navigate spiritual battles with a deeper sense of purpose and resilience.
“They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.””
Jeremiah 1:19 NKJV
The power of effective and fervent prayer should not be underestimated. Its impact can be far-reaching and profound, often exceeding what is visible to us. When someone is facing a challenge, the most appropriate response is not to criticize, pity, or blame them, but rather to offer our prayers on their behalf.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 NKJV
Joseph’s dream led him to be thrown into a pit, and his attractiveness resulted in his imprisonment. It’s important to note that not everyone in prison deserves to be there. However, in Joseph’s case, that challenging situation served as the means to propel him towards his ultimate destiny. Sometimes, seemingly adverse circumstances can act as catalysts that propel us towards our true calling or purpose.
Challenge indeed serve a purpose in our lives. Whether they come in the form of tears, illnesses, or betrayals, God promises that all things, even difficult ones, can work together for our good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
Even Jesus was not exempted from being challenged, he was betrayed, physically abused, spat upon, and abandoned to die, not for his own crown but the salvation of everyman ever created by God. Jesus understood that his battle was not against earthly rulers like Herod or the Pharisees, nor was it about attaining an earthly throne or engaging in physical combat, as Peter mistakenly believed. But rather, the Effective fervent prayer at the garden of Gethsemane, Presenting his case to God, that “if”the cup or challenge wasn’t Gods will then it should pass. The only challenges we can avoid are those that are not in Gods will.
Let’s note that even in Gods will there are challenges, we can’t dodge all, we have to face some squarely, not with a long list of why’s and begging to be exempted but seeking Gods will for you in that situation and also the strength to Fight as a warrior.
Christ went through the highest challenges in order for our challenges to become mild, with victory assured. The only place a physical reaction is needed is on yourself, when the Holy Spirit works on you to make changes in your own attitude to ensure victory and build character. You can rely on the power of God without the need to defend yourself or demonstrate your physical prowess in combat.
Each stage of life presents its own unique set of challenges. The battles faced by an adult are vastly different from those of a newborn baby. However, it is important to recognize that God has already instilled victory within us. From the earliest stages of life, a baby is faced with challenges such as learning to suckle, sit, crawl, and eventually walk. Despite the numerous failures encountered, a baby’s innate nature is to persistently try again and again.
“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,”
Philippians 1:19 NKJV
As we transition into adulthood, we tend to forget that the ultimate source of victory lies in God. Just as He aided us as babies without our conscious awareness, He is equally capable of helping us as adults. All that is required of us is to approach Him and seek His assistance, for He possesses complete knowledge and understanding.
In the face of challenges and adversity, i come before You with prevailing prayer, recognizing Your sovereignty and limitless power. I acknowledge that You are the God who hears and answers prayers, and I approach Your throne of grace with confidence and faith.
Lord, I lift up my voices to You, knowing that You are attentive to the cries of Your children. I pray with persistence and determination, not wavering in my belief that You are able to bring about breakthroughs and victories in my lives.
I declare that Your promises are true and unwavering. Your Word assures me that when I seek You with all my hearts, I will find You. Therefore, I seek Your face, Your wisdom, and Your guidance in all matters that concern me.
As I engage in prevailing prayer, I align my heart and mind with Your will. Help me to surrender my own desires and agendas, seeking Your perfect plan for my lives. Grant me the discernment to recognize Your leading and the courage to walk in obedience to Your Word.
Lord, I pray against any hindrances or obstacles that stand in my way. May the forces of darkness be defeated by the power of Your mighty hand. Strengthen my faith and equip me with the spiritual armor needed to stand firm against every attack.
In prevailing prayer, I intercede not only for myself but also for others. I lift up those who are in need, those who are hurting, and those who are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges. I ask for Your intervention and breakthrough in their lives, knowing that You are a God of compassion and mercy.
Father, teach us all to persevere in prayer, even when the answers may not come immediately. Help us to trust in Your perfect timing and to have faith that You are working all things together for our good. Empower us with patience and steadfastness, knowing that Your promises are yes and amen.
I thank You, Lord, for the privilege of prevailing prayer. I rejoice in the victories that will come as a result of my unwavering faith and trust in You. May Your name be glorified as I witness the transformative power of prevailing prayer in my lives and in the lives of those around me.
In Jesus’ mighty name.