The following blog post is by our Phase 2 Director and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Carrie Miller.
My family and I were outside playing a friendly game of football recently. I say “friendly” because it sounds nice. When, in all actuality, I am a momma who plays to WIN. Now, you probably don’t know this about me, nor would you think it if you saw my smaller frame, but I have got some skill. It is not my quick feet or my massive strength or even my knowledge of football ( which is questionable.) that skills me to be victorious. My skill is strategy.
When my son huddled in and told me to run fast and all the way to the right and he would throw me the ball, that is what I did. Midplay, I could see our opponent ( my other son) was onto us. So, I gave my team mate a signal and reversed the play. It worked, and we got the touchdown. I work hard at not reminding my older son and husband that they were creamed by a younger team and, of course, by a girl. ( Ladies never stop playing like a GIRL!)
Winning a game is all about strategy. Strategy is defined as a “master plan” ( Webster’s Dictionary.) The Bible is clear that we are in a battle in this world. Ephesians 6:12 says this: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” We are unable to win the battle without using our spiritual “armor”, which is activated through prayer.
Prayer is the weapon God has given us to strategize our victory. James 5:16 says this: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”
There is a movie out in theaters right now, “War Room”, and is a must see. It made over 11 million dollars by its second weekend of release. For a Christian film in our culture, to be successful at this level, is unexpected and has God’s handprint all over it. God is sending us a clear message as individuals, as a nation, and as the Church. Prayer is the strategy that demolishes strongholds, heals broken hearts, and mends broken relationships.
If you are experiencing defeat in an area of your life, pray. If you are experiencing loneliness and loss or are stuck in a cycle of addiction, tell God about it. He is listening and he will answer you. If you surrender your strategy to him, and allow him to map out your victory, you will begin to experience a joy and a peace you may have never known.
Thought for the Day: Prayer is what activates our faith and propels our goals into action.
Prayer: God, you are the master at ordering our lives for victory. Please help us to come to you in prayer so that we can transform our hearts and renew our minds. We pray that the leaders our nation, the leaders of our households, and the leaders in our churches are drawn to you in p r a y e r. T h a n k y o u fo r givin g u s e v e r y t hin g w e n e e d t h r o u g h J e s u s t o win a n d t h riv e. Amen