Depending upon the nature of a competition, bystanders may suggest that someone is lucky, getting good breaks along the way. Eyewitnesses to a sporting event might throw out conspiracy theories, blame biased officials or poor conditions to explain an upset or unlikely champion. However, in the context of prayer, victory does not come by accident.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up, James 4:8-10.
Even those whom drew near to the Lord, walking closely with God during their life experienced moments of doubt. Job struggled to comprehend the hardships he endured. Elijah wanted to die after receiving death threat from Queen Jezebel. Despite being a man after God’s own heart, David wrote against God’s silence in response to his prayers. Nonetheless, when a persistent prayer enters God’s presence, victory is not far behind.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? – Luke 18:7-8
At the end of the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus brings up the question of faith. As the day of Christ’s return approaches, cynicism within this world increases. The more that bad things happen to relatively good people, human minds wrestle to comprehend God’s logic. Thus, good results are attributed to coincidence, luck and the yin and yang effect. However, for those who believe in the power of prayer, victories are not a fluke. Rather, blessings are a direct correlation to obedience, prayer and submitting to God.
by Jay Mankus