Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you sincerely for sharing our burden to pray for prodigals and for revival. God is working and we need to take Paul’s exhortation to heart, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Gal 6:9).
I was recently reminded in some teaching messages that we are fighters involved in the great conflict between good and evil. The individual battles we face are not isolated, but are a part of what God has been doing down through the ages; the Christian fight is worth fighting for. Paul speaks to Timothy and issues the challenge to each believer: “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called” (1 Tim 6:12).
For Joseph, it was fought in prison as he chose to trust in his God. For Shiphrah, it was fought in Goshen as she delivered Hebrew baby boys in defiance of a wicked king. For Caleb, it was fought as he gained his promised inheritance in the new land. For Esther, it was fought for her people as she faced a king who could have killed her. For Mary, it was fought in the house of Simon as the disciples criticized her for spending her resources in devotion to her Savior. The list—of those who were engaged in fighting the good fight of the faith—is a long one. And God wants your name on it. God has called you to be a fighter for what is true, right, and good.
We fight for personal purity in a wicked, perverse world. We fight for time alone with God in a busy, busy culture. We fight for a true vision for the perishing around us. We fight for the welfare of the precious people whom God has placed in our care in our homes and in our churches. We fight for the honor of our God.
This was the battle that David fought in the valley of Elah as the giant raged against the scared men of Israel. He didn't fight for the promised wife, or the riches from the king, or the prestige of facing such a mammoth man, it was for the honor of his God. As he talked with his brothers in 1 Samuel 17, David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” His mind was set on God’s glory and as he ran towards the enemy, he shouted, “The battle is the Lord’s!”
Our victory is found alone in the One who has already fought and conquered. When Jesus burst the bands of death and rose triumphant from the dark, dismal tomb, He became our champion, our greater David. Today, we fight as “little Davids” in the same power and strength that raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Today we fight for our prodigals and for revival.
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel
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