Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Battle

Basketball is a matter of prayer in our family.

Some people think it's just a silly game, and God doesn't care about that. "He has bigger things to worry about than your little game."

Well, I ask you, have you ever prayed your husband would win the contract he's been working so hard for? Have you ever petitioned God that more clients may walk through his doors? Have you ever asked the Lord to instill your husband with wisdom and discretion so that he may succeed at the work the Lord has given him?

Amen. Me too.

Take this most recent game that we played on December 23rd. We were faced with playing an undefeated opponent ranked #12 in the nation with our remaining 7 scholarship players. 7 players. If you don't know anything about basketball, suffice it to say that's like playing Bunco with 7 people. Hard to do and not a lot of fun.

I was nervous. But then a sweet friend of mine who is dealing with a battle of her own sent me these verses:

“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God Himself will fight for you.”Deut 3:22

“Listen! 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. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”II Chron 20:15, 17b

They couldn't have been more apropos. So I forwarded the verses to the other prayer warriors and into battle we went, equipped with His words.

I was prepared for God's answer.... either way. Win or lose, I was not to be afraid or discouraged, because this was HIS BATTLE!!!

And then... against all odds, we won. WE WON! Big! It didn't even take a last second shot. It was our second biggest win since this this one.

Praise be to God in heaven who fights our battles if we will let him.

4 Wonderful Responses:

momof4kr said...

Smiling ear to ear. :)

Baloney said...

Hooray! An early Christmas gift. :)
I forgot that I have season tix to the ORU games that I won in a silent auction. Is it too late for me to pick them up? I can't believe I forgot.

Shannon said...

I think God will use whatever he can get his hands on to direct our attention toward him. I think he probably is a big basketball fan too! Woo Hoo for your (His?) victory!

Kathleen said...

Congrats on the big win, Annie! And isn't it nice to know that God is celebrating the win as well!?