“On the very day I call to you for help, my enemies will retreat. This I know; God is on my side.”
Psalm 56:9 New Living Translation
Prayer is not the last thing we must do in rough times, but the first. A.J. Gordon said: You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
Another translation of the verse above says that the moment I cried out to God “the tide of the battle turned.” Historians tell us that in every war, there is one decisive victory that turns the tide of the battle from that time forward. For the Christian, this ‘tide-turning’ event is our crying out to God in prayer.
The battles may continue for a time, but from that one point the outcome is assured.
Ponder: How much of our praying is ‘cleaning the house before the cleaning lady arrives?’ Why do we attempt to do through worrying and strategizing what only God is able to do? How can we break this wasteful habit?