Champions Pray in the Dark
The true test of our character is not measured when we are on stage with the spotlight shining upon us; the true test is when no one is watching but God. Many people make the mistake of wearing their spiritual maturity on their sleeves. But God is not impressed with how many Bible verses we know or how many Sunday school lessons we teach. In fact, nothing we do can impress God.
What God desires from us more than anything is a relationship. He designed us for this. We function best when we have others around us supporting and challenging us in our relationship with God. And no relationship can thrive without communication.
In 1 Samuel 22, we find David tucked away in a cave in the mountains, hiding from King Saul and his army. Day after day, he dashed through the mountains to avoid Saul's sword. And after days of running, David discovered an important truth: Only God could save him. No matter how clever he was in escaping Saul's clutches, he began to understand that true salvation comes only from God.
As a result of David's understanding of this principle, he spent those dark nights in mountain caves praying to God. He understood that in order to be used by God in the light, true champions prayed in the dark.
It is in the dark that God brings to light His promises. It is also in the dark that He gives us the peace and assurance we need to endure difficulty and heartache. If we desire to be true champions, we must boldly pray to God, no matter how dire our situation appears. It is what He wants us to do.
Prayer: Lord, instill in me the truth that You desire a personal relationship with me and that You are always willing to help me no matter how discouraging my situation seems to me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer" (Psalm 17:6).
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