I’m sitting here at a beautiful coffee house called Canvas and trying to think about what the Lord wants me to write for this month. Should I write a follow up blog from last month about stepping off the ledge? Or should I write another blog about how my prayer life sucks and try to make you feel like you’re not alone in your struggling prayer life.
I didn’t know where to start so I turned on “Fight” by All Good Things. Although a secular song, I have always liked to think about the idea of prayer as fighting for or against something, not just a casual request to the heavens. Right as I pull up my music and plug in my headphones I check my phone to see a text that shocked me.
It’s that unexpected text no one wants to receive causing your stomach to drop.
On cue “Fight” gets to the chorus: “Fight like you’ll never die, Fight to stay alive, Fight to raise the crown, Fight to take them down, Fight like you’re gods and monsters, because you want to save a life, fight for you and I. Fight. Fight.”
Of course I prayed for her right away, but that got me thinking. Fighting for other people fires me up. Specifically when it’s against something completely out of your friend’s control. When God sends me one of those wakeup calls, it shakes me from the stupor of ordinary life. Since I can’t do anything to remedy the situation, I have to ask God to take action where I cannot.
Why do I wait till crap hits the fan to pray for a friend? Am I TOO OKAY with peace?
I have personally seen how the Lord can use persecution to strengthen the church. And even though no one wishes persecution on themselves, we take our peace for granted. I have dropped the ball more often than not because there is no apparent sense of urgency to pray for my friends, family, coworkers, and strangers. I ignorantly end up waiting for bad things to happen before I pray for God to fix it.
That got me thinking “What Would Jesus Do?” Take a look at the gospels and you see Christ was a fighter who didn’t rely on physical blows, yet was always fighting. He fought AGAINST injustice, apathy, pride… And he fought FOR salvation, love, unity, and YOU.
The thing about fighting is it shifts our priorities. When I got that text, I wasn’t thinking about my blog anymore. I was thinking about how to fix the problem. I wanted to fight somebody or something for her.
My neutrality annoys me oftentimes.
Pros are that I handle adversity quite well; Cons are that during times of peace nothing stirs me. It’s only the gong of calamity that wakes me up. I want to care for many others, but how do I do that when I can’t really get myself invested in the fighting of ordinary day prayers.
I don’t think I’m alone in this either.
We as humans are pretty good at fighting when the situation demands it. It’s during times of relative peace that our vision blurs and our mind fogs with complacency. I’m not saying everything has to be a fight, because God speaks often about striving for peace. But God does speak often about the Christian life being difficult.
More often than not, I feel like this little guy. All armored and ready for battle, but surrounded by impending doom. But God gives us the encouragement that ‘we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.’ (Romans 8:37)
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Why does God want us to fight for others? Because intercessory prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy. God wants us to think like He does, and praying for others helps us to think beyond ourselves and to grow in compassion for others.
When we agreed to the “terms & conditions” of following Jesus, we signed up for a life of prayer. Some will have carry the banner of prayer more than others in the bodies of Christ, but that does not excuse anybody from the disciple of prayer. The Bible asks us to choose a side to fight for. Let’s be all in for Christ. Joshua 24:15
If you have the attitude of neutrality like me, I pray the Lord brings up daily challenges to build the discipline of prayer in my life. If you have the attitude of passivity I pray the Lord reveals to you personally the importance of prayer in relationship with Christ. If you have the attitude of fear, I pray the Lord gives you a revelation of his grandeur, and an unparalleled level of boldness. And if you don’t know what your attitude is, I pray you would seek the Lord and ask him to reveal what your next step in intimacy is.
Let me know what part(s) you liked about this blog. I need as much encouragement as you’ll give me. This blogging stuff is hard, but it brings me life. I pray the Lord blesses you as you find something to fight for.
What are you fighting for?