So, like many people I spent Sunday night watching the Superbowl. This Superbowl was special for two reasons; First, it was my birthday! Second, my New England Patriots were playing! Anyone who knows me knows…I am a DIE HARD Pats fan!! My husband even more so!! Maybe…
This Superbowl didn’t start off as I planned! My Pats didn’t look like my Pats at all. We approached half time very much behind. I looked at my husband and I said “We can make it up in the second half. If the Falcons can reach that score in the first half, we can do it in the second.” He looked at me and said, “I give them a 5% chance of winning. They would not only have to score that much but they would also have to stop the Falcons from scoring any more points.” So, I did what any good Pats fan would do…I went to the war room!
I went to the war room #prayer #faith Click To Tweet
Now I know God has much more important things to be concerned with than the outcome of a football game, but I go to my Father no matter how big or little the issue is. So, I prayed. Afterwards, I went back out to watch the game and it didn’t look like winning was on the agenda. I even left and went into my office to work on my site. That was how bad it looked. But, my husband came in a short time later and said he wanted me to watch with him regardless. So, I did. And soon…things started to shift.I go to my Father no matter how big or little the issue is! #prayer #warroom Click To Tweet
To make a long (and probably well-known) story short, the Pats came up from behind and the game went into overtime for the first time EVER in Super Bowl history. I spent 90% of that last quarter in my bedroom pacing and praying. And then….the touchdown. The Pats won!!And then….the touchdown. The Pats won!! #gopats Click To Tweet
So other than re-living that AWESOME moment…what am I getting at? Am I just posting about an awesome game? No. You see, God taught me an important lesson in that game.
You see I prayed for my team to win. But when things not only kept looking bad but appeared to get worse, I lost faith. Not faith in God…but faith in whether they would win. I left. I stopped watching. I gave up. I lost faith that my prayers could possibly be answered. It’s only a football game! Right???
But this wasn’t about a game. There was a bigger lesson here. God taught me that when we pray for something, we must continue to have faith and continue praying and seeking Him even when things seem too small to pray about and even when things don’t seem to be moving in the direction we want…or worse, backwards. If we know that what we are praying for is HIS will…then we need to have faith in the outcome regardless of whether it looks like we are losing.
If we are praying for our marriages to be restored, should we give up when things seem to be getting worse? Or do we keep praying and keeping our faith that God can do all things? If we are praying for a child who is rebelling, do we stop praying when it looks like they will never change?
He taught me that the OUTCOME is what matters…we need to step back and let Him work out that outcome in any way He sees fit. We may have to take the tougher road there to learn some lessons. It could be another person involved who needs to go through those things. But we need to stand firm on His Word and pray WITHOUT CEASING!!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)We need to stand firm on His Word and pray WITHOUT CEASING!! #prayer #warroom Click To Tweet
This was not about a football game. This was about not giving up on something you prayed for just because things don’t look like you want them to. God is always and forever in control. And if we truly believe that all things work together for our good, then we have to trust Him to work it out according to HIS will.
God is always and forever in control. #faith #warroom Click To Tweet
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV)