Defiant to situation
As humans it is natural for us to become distressed, and to lose focus on things that matter when life throws at us one of its unwanted and at times unexpected curve balls. It is easiest to blame everyone and at times ourselves but not seek a solution to remedy it. Many are discouraged to seek God in tough situations, because we have often been taught that he is unhappy with us when we only seek him in times of trouble. Yes, God wants us to always be in union with him, however regardless of the situation of your pursuit of him, he is still happy to receive us. In the story of the prodigal son, which best depicts the father’s love for his children even when they stray, we see that the young son sought his father when he was in trouble. His father happily received him. In fact he celebrated the return of his son, even though he had been defiant to his will, and gone and abused what he had been given. Luke 15:11-32.
When a child is running away from trouble, he will reach safety, and more often than not turn to mock the failed pursuer. He suddenly becomes defiant to that danger, even though not too long ago he/she may have been coy and perhaps petrified. This is what prayer will do to you. When you spend time with your father, you become more and more conscious and aware of his presence. Regardless of what you are facing, when you are prayed up, you know all is well. Even though you may not physically see a way out, you know the Lord is with you and will make a way where there seems to be no way. Prayer is what made Paul and Silas defiant to their situation, that they would praise and worship in a situation in which others would have cried. ACTS 16:25
25But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.…
Your defiance guarantees a result. Your defiance becomes a statement of faith, that moves God. It is time that we as believers become prayed up. It is time that we as believers developed that crazy defiance that makes Daniel risk his life to speak to the Lord even when he knows that it may cost him his life, through being thrown in the lions’ den. Daniel 6. Daniel recognised the value of prayer, such that he would have rather lost his life than lost his prayer. Regardless of what you are facing today, or what you will face tomorrow, may that grace of prayer carry you from this day forth. Make a decision right now, to become defiant to your situations in the Lord. Place your trust in the Lord from this day forth!!
Originally posted 2014-06-16 20:48:52.