It’s time for Christians to grow up and recognize when being saved in truly necessary.
John 12:27 – Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
The story around our Text for Today is one every believer should know. Jesus was about to enter into what people today call His passion. He knew it well, and He dreaded it in every fiber of His being. He prayed to the Father to let that cup pass from Him, but still He yielded Himself to it for He knew what was happening. In the garden of Gethsemane He told His disciples that His soul was so tormented that it was about to kill Him. He was living in a place of emotional torment, yet he held strong to His faith and purpose, for He knew the ultimate outcome, and that He was fully prepared to handle it. From this we should learn so much.
When David faced Goliath, he had no question of the outcome, even before he went out to meet the giant. He knew well how to use the sling. He knew what he could do with it. He knew how to fight, even as a lad. Yes, it was the will of God for David to be in the valley with his brethren when Goliath came out to roar. Yes, it was the will of God for David to kill the giant. And because it WAS the will of God, the Lord had already moved in David’s heart to prepare him for the task at hand. And when David went to face the giant, his skill for the job had already been established. He was lacking nothing to do the job. He did not get into the middle of the battle and have to cry out to the Lord for help. He was already prepared. When Daniel faced the lions, he was already prepared. He didn’t have to cry out to God to deliver him. When the Hebrew children faced the fiery furnace, they were already prepared. They didn’t have to cry out to God to deliver them. When Gideon faced his enemies, he was already prepared. He didn’t have to cry out to God to give him victory.
No, I am NOT saying you don’t have to pray. What I AM saying is that your praying should be done before you get into the place you need the Lord’s help. If God sends you into a battle, it is because you are already trained, equipped, and prepared to bring victory out of the battle. God NEVER sends you into a battle to learn to fight. My friend, such thinking is utterly ridiculous. The military of our nation under-stands that principle. Soldiers are trained thoroughly, well-conditioned, well-fed, well-equipped, and well-led when they go into battle. They do not learn to fight in the battle. They learn to fight BEFORE the battle. One learns to swim, and swim well, and is well-conditioned before attempting to swim in the Olympics. What is Father equipping you to do? Where is He equipping you to go? Prayer is part of the training. Go to war to win, not to learn to fight.
Manna for Today – John 12:27-35; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:13; Matthew 26:38