“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” – Acts 6:4 

Did you know that prayer is our most powerful exercise of spiritual authority in the earth? In Christ, we have been called to pray and release God’s will and purpose in the earth realm. God’s Kingdom dominates when Christians embrace their role in prayer.

Since we have been given authority in prayer, when we pray we are exercising power and dominion over the works of the enemy. Prayer also invites the atmosphere of heaven into our situations. In other words, whatever is going on in heaven can be released in our lives through the power of prayer. 

My challenge to you today is to embrace your divine assignment by giving yourself more to prayer. So instead of worrying about an upcoming bill or a negative medical report, turn the problem into an opportunity to exercise your faith through prayer. Powerful things happen when we pray!

“God has been kind enough to trust us with this work. This is why we never give up.” – 2 Corinthians 4:1 (CEV)

Today’s subject is a thought-provoking question. How do winners win? History has consistently demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. 

How did they win? They won because they refused to give up. They did not allow failure to define them. Rather than becoming discouraged by their defeats, they used their failures as fuel to keep going. 

Your persistence and refusal to give up in the face of failure and defeat are perhaps two of the most important hallmarks in fulfilling your destiny. Winners aren’t winners because they are the most talented or the most privileged. Winners become winners simply because they refuse to quit. 

“Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (ESV) 

Do you have a dream in your heart or an impossible task that’s been placed before you? Today, I want you to find encouragement from the life of Joshua who was in a similar situation. 

Joshua spent twenty years in Egypt, forty years in the wilderness and then fifty in the Promised Land. God used the first sixty years of Joshua’s life—during his tenure in Egypt and the wilderness—to prepare him to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.

Before moving forward, Joshua was told about four times in the book of Joshua chapter 1 to be strong and courageous. Perhaps he was afraid more times than the passage tells us. However, he took hold of God’s word and did not shrink back in fear! He fixed his eyes on the promises of God rather than fearing the obstacles of the enemy. 

Like Joshua, you too might be in a season of preparation for the purpose God has for you. Regardless of how long it takes to realize your dream, I challenge you to use every opportunity to build courage for the task before you. Courage is not the absence of fear, but it’s the awareness of God’s presence with you wherever you go!