Giving Jesus What He Claims… Our Battles

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 This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron. 20:15)

The Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s. (1 Sam. 17:47)

Lord Jesus, we’d love to hand off our battles to you. Help us do so, because sometimes we just don’t know what that looks like. Often we’re like Peter pulling out his Swiss Army Knife against those who came to arrest you (Jn. 18:10-11). We’re sincere, but sincerely wrong. You don’t need our defense, but our trust.

With you, we don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone. Faith, peace, and hope are the order of the day, not fear, cowering, or retaliation. Jesus, give us the faith pebbles we need to topple our various Goliaths.

When events in national or world history fuel our anger and worry—when it seems like meanness and madness will triumph, let us hear the calming laughter of heaven. Show us more of yourself—your empty tomb, occupied throne, and certain return (Ps. 2; Rev. 4).

When we’re under attack by the seducer, accuser, and condemner of the brethren, make yourself real to us as the author and perfecter of our faith. May our head and hearts really “get it”—that you are our “wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30-31; Rom. 8:1). Your cross was our judgment day, and your return is our wedding day. Hallelujah!

When we get pulled into petty fights—in our marriages or workplace, churches or circle of friends, center us quickly with the Gospel. Bring us back to faith expressing itself in love (Gal. 5:6) and words expressed with grace-salt (Col. 4:6).

When we’re in the presence of evil, and dangerously broken people, keep us calm and rooted in the gospel. Some of these conflicts require extraordinary wisdom. When our divided hearts wage war inside of us, come to us in the storm, Jesus. Make peace and be our peace. So very Amen we pray, in your loving and triumphant name.

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