What’s your problem? Whatever it is, you might approach it in one of two ways:
2 Wrong Ways to Approach a Problem
- Surrender to the nagging feeling that the tide of battle has shifted against you and admit that you’re fairly powerless to do anything about it.
- Fight with the battle cry, “I can handle it on my own.”
Wrong and wrong.
As Christ followers, we need not surrender as victims or fight in self-sufficiency.
There’s a better way.
In Exodus 17: 8-13, the Amalekites attacked the Israelites. Moses instructs Joshua to prepare the men for battle. As they fight he stands on a hill overlooking the battlefield and prays with arms outstretched to heaven. The Israelite troops prevail. But as Moses’ arms grow weary and fall, the battle shifts and the enemy begins to prevail. He must keep his arms outstretched toward heaven in prayer if he wants to open the door for God’s supernatural intervention on the battlefield.
There’s the solution to every problem. The key to victory in every battle.
The Right Way to Approach a Problem
If you are willing to invite God to involve himself in your daily challenges, you will experience His prevailing power—in your home, in your relationships, in the marketplace, in the schools, in the church, wherever it is most needed.
2. Pray with and for others
There’s always a battle raging somewhere for someone. Remember to come alongside another whose arms may be weary and hold them up in prayer. You’ll get to share the victory.
My church has been in a season of prayer for revival. We’re are praying for those who will lead our services but more than that we are praying that we will experience a reawakening of our faith and a renewal of our commitment to Jesus Christ.
So often I stay too long on the battlefield, doing “my part” to defeat the enemy. I get wounded and weary.
This season of prayer has called me to the hill overlooking the battlefield. I am standing with others, arms outstretched toward heaven, inviting God to intervene. I can see the battle from a different perspective when I pray and I am reminded that I need to come to the hill overlooking the battlefield more often.
God’s prevailing power is released in my life (and yours) when we pray.
Prayerless people cut themselves off from God’s prevailing power, and the frequent result is the familiar feeling of being overwhelmed, overrun, beaten down, pushed around, defeated. Surprising numbers of people are willing to settle for lives like that.
*Bill Hybels’s classic book on prayer, “Too Busy Not to Pray: Slowing Down to be with God” is the inspiration for this post. It had a profound impact on me when I read it years ago and I’ve referred to it many times since.