At Bible study today, I listened intently as women shared their prayer requests. I had come bearing my own request and that week I was actually the last one in the group to put my request forward. As I listened to these women talk about their struggles and heartbreaks, suddenly, I felt my request was small. As it got closer to my turn, I began to search for something bigger. I needed a prayer request that would at least be worthy of these wonderful ladies praying for me. Who was I, when some of these ladies were experiencing very difficult problems that so outranked my small concern. I watched as one lady broke down in tears while she spoke of her personal struggles.
But now, as I sit at home pondering the individual prayer requests, I wonder why I would feel that my struggle was so insignificant. I realize that it did not rank on the same scale as others but it was my Goliath and like David, I was called to pray over it so that God could intercede on my behalf — and ultimately strike down the Goliath’s in my life. It was my personal spiritual warfare that was creating doubts in my life when I should be embracing His joy and peace. BUT it was also the same enemy attacking these other women. That enemy, the “Goliath” in my life is the EXACT same enemy that was obstructing the peace and joy of our Lord God and Saviour in these women’s lives too.
The same enemy who is intent on destroying Christian believing people one step at a time. The same enemy that is always seeking to destroy women and their families by piling up their lives with huge battles while similarly placing doubt and discontentment in their heart. Just like me, the enemy was determined to put things in my path that would lead me away from the King of kings.
Still, I have seen prayer and miracles work in my life. (I shared a little bit about this before in my blog on prayer and my son Oliver). I have also seen an amazing change in my marriage and as I think about it, I can only account it to the men and women who stood together in prayer for my marriage. The drastic change from tonight and a night six months ago is nothing short of a miracle that my husband and I will both attest to.
I had no hope when it came to the Goliath in my marriage six months ago. Thankfully, I had an amazing support team who held hope for me. They prayed and I know they are still praying. Someday, maybe, I will share more on this but the point I want to drive home in this. Your Goliath doesn’t have to be big or catastrophic. The Goliath in your life can be small. Either way, though, God calls you to pray. He also calls your church family, friends and family to pray too.
DO NOT allow the enemy to place a lie into your head that suggests your problem is not “big” enough to bother other people. For months and months, I did not ask people to pray for my marriage because I felt my request was not big enough. If I had started with those little things, then God would have had the chance to strike Goliath down. Instead I waited. Fortunately, those prayer warriors interceding for me and my family picked up at the point where I had almost given up. Thank you Jesus!
If you are having a rough time with something today, whether it is trying to maintain a household, an issue with a co-worker, patience with your kids, an illness in your family, or a tragic heartbreak that seemingly can’t be healed, you are called to lift your prayers to the Most High King of Kings because He wants to fill you with His love that surpasses all human understanding. Do not hesitate to call on your friends and family as prayer warriors with you either! Remember, God used a small stone and a sling to strike down Goliath … and an honest prayer from the heart is so much more powerful!
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” (I Samuel 17:45-47)