When God places something in our heart and we take action, it’s as if a whistle is blown and a bout begins. Whether it’s extending an invitation to a friend, getting the help you need for your marriage, or writing that book that has lingered in your heart, forces unseen don’t want the will of God to be fulfilled in our lives. But don’t let this keep you from contending.
Fighting a battle in our own strength is not necessary when you have a God on your side. He takes in pleasure in your defense. God’s got your back! He sees and knows what you need, when you need it. He is able to provide wisdom and provision that you would not have access to on our own.
Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Psalm 35:23
Prayer is the way we let down our inadequate defense and step behind His. Prayer shifts our circumstance out of our hands into God’s hands allowing Him to fight the battle for us.
Dear Lord, I can’t do _____________________________ on my own. I need you to step in and fight my battles for me. I am in need of ______________________________. Be my ever-present help in time of trouble. Go before me and make my path clear. Do what I can’t do, be what I can’t be. And may you receive all the glory for_______________________.
For You and Your Child…
Get together a small group and play a game of cards, such as Old Maid, Crazy Eights, or Uno. Everyone will play except for one. Deal the cards to each player. Explain that the person not playing will be able to roam around and look at everyone else’s cards. They can also whisper any information they have gathered to the youngest child, who can listen to or ignore what they are being told. Despite any protest, play the game through completion. This youngest child will obviously be at an advantage in the game. Share with the children that God sees what we don’t see. When we have someone who’s all knowing and all powerful on our side, we can get through tough situations, no matter how bad of a hand we are dealt.
This post is Day 29 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.