As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:11-12 (NIV)
Keep On Praying
Victory does not depend on you. There are battles that you will never win with your own efforts. You will not defeat every enemy in life by yourself, no matter how much you wish that you could. Why is that? Did you make me weak on purpose? No, I did not make you weak on purpose. That’s really the wrong question and the wrong way to look at things. What is the right way to look at things? Do you wish that you were self-sufficient and had no need of help from me? No, I don’t want that at all. If you never really needed me for anything would you ever call on me for help? No, I’m sure that I wouldn’t. Why do you say that? Well, from my past experience I know that when things are going perfectly I have a tendency to not call on you very much. Very much? Ok, at all.
So, is it a great gift to have everything that you need and want or is it a gift to have great needs that cause you to cry out to me for help? Now, I see why you said that I was looking at things incorrectly. What has great need caused you to do? Great need has caused me to cry out to you in prayer. When you have been in great need did you pray just once or did you keep on praying? I kept on praying until my need was met, the battle won or the problem was solved. Yes, you did.
When you have cried out to me in prayer what has happened to our relationship? Our relationship has grown and deepened as I have prayed and trusted you through the needs, problems and battles in my life. Yes, it has. If you could choose between a problem free life or a deeper relationship with me what would you choose? I would choose a deeper relationship with you. Yes you would. Do you really need a bunch of problems to grow in your relationship with me? No, I don’t. Problems still get my attention and cause me to cry out to you but they are not the reason I keep coming to you.
Why do you keep coming to me? I come to you because you love me and I love you. Yes, I do. I am your child. Yes, you are. There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence meeting with you in prayer. So, I will keep on praying. Yes, you will.
Lord, thank you that you have given me the desire to come to meet with you in prayer. Thank you that I can cry out to you for help. You meet my needs, solve my problems and give me victory as I rely on you instead of on myself. Amen
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