These “things”

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

Despite ALL ‘these things’.

‘These things’ are debilitating, they are stressful, they are all consuming.

‘These things’ wear me out and wear me thin and leave me on empty.

‘These things’ discourage, distract and deter me from what my heart has set out to do.

‘These things’.

Our bodies are fighting for health.  Our minds are filled with stuff.  Our relationships have reached a breaking point.

Yet … in spite of ‘these things’, the victory is yours through Jesus.

Not JUST the victory, but an overwhelming victory.  The clock hasn’t run out on you, the light at the end of the tunnel is just in the distance.  The love that Jesus has for you is full, unconditional and in pursuit.  The victory is yours.

Despite all ‘these things’ … I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.

‘These things’ are temporary.  They will not stand the test of time.  His love will.

The Power of the Reminder

In prayer I remind my audience of three things …

1. I remind God of His promise for my life.

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”

‭‭Numbers‬ ‭23:19‬

2. I remind Satan of my place in Jesus.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭

3. I remind my situation of my authority over it.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:8‬ ‭

Never let Satan or your Situation rob you of your Seat with Christ.

Prayer is our wake up call for the soul and a weapon to defeat anything that appears to be defeating you.

Show Me What’s In Your Hand

It rarely makes sense on paper.

Actually, it never makes sense on paper.

God defies the parameters we work with on planet Earth.

In God’s universe, He’s looking to see what you believe He is able to do through the promise of His Word.  This activates the hand of God to make the impossible, possible.

Friends, what’s in your hands?

What cards have you been dealt?

What is the current inventory of your situation?

What resources are currently at your disposal?

It’s not what’s in your head but your hand and heart that matter. God can work with that.

Have a read about what Jesus did in the moment of compassion and in the face of impossibility. THIS is the God we serve.

30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”

37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.”

They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”

38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”

That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.

39-44 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper.

 

When I pray … in Jesus name

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

I’m learning …  The power in THE NAME.  You better believe I’m going to name drop!

When he said “it is finished”, His work for us was completed.  So … when we use that name, it’s powerful.

Yes, I know Him.

Yes, He’s given me jurisdiction.

Yes, He’s given me authority.

Yes, He’s given me power.

Yes, He’s given me the ability to conquer.

Now replace anything where you read “I” or “me” with your name.

When you genuinely make Jesus your Lord and Savior, it sends an earthquake through Hell (we shall call it a “hell-quake”).  Sirens go off, Demons run in chaos, and all Hell breaks loose (pun intended).  Hell can’t stay together,  Hell can’t stay in motion, Hell can’t contend with the Name that’s above every Name.

So call your Hell by name.  Call your demon by name.  Call your addiction by name.  Call your loneliness by name.  Call your sickness by name.  Call your mountain by name.  And name drop THE NAME.

I can’t change your situation.  You can’t change your situation but He can.  We just ask, believe and receive what He has promised.

When I pray in Jesus name you’re a force to reckon with.  Anytime.  Everytime.

When I pray … with others

I’ve concluded, I need other believers in my life.

By God’s grace, my spiritual heritage in the Christian faith runs back through many generations.  Prayer has always been at the center of our family.  Always.

When my parents were in poverty in India, they prayed and God provided.

When my parents came to Canada in the late 60’s with nothing and no one to receive them, they prayed and God protected.

When we faced grave illness, they prayed and God healed.

In these and countless instances we turned to God and prayed and He answered yet there was one thing that was consistent … involving others in the journey.

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” – Romans 12:15

“16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,” – Philippians 1:4-5

As a believer, I need you and you need me.  When we pray, let’s do it together, confessings, sharing, believing and watching God move.

When I pray with others, we INFLUENCE our circumstances into alignment with God’s Word.

When I pray … with the Spirit’s help

” 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26

God knew we couldn’t do this on our own.  This life.  When Jesus left, He promised us the Holy Spirit.  I can honestly say, the most effective, power packed, Scripture filled prayers are the ones I don’t remember.  Many have told me about prayers I’ve prayed, but truth be told, I don’t remember specifics.

There will be times in our lives (for me it’s daily) where I really don’t know what to pray.  There is a dependancy where I have to give room for the Spirit to pray with words I can’t express.

In order to give room for the Spirit to move, confess sin, have an open heart, and trust His Word.