Is it okay to complain to God about the injustices in society?
One of the most solemn prayers of triumph is made by Habakkuk when he complained about the injustices in society. After complaining about the worldly trials and tribulations, he ends his prayer with the professed confidence in God. He acknowledges that there is no greater power than God.
What is Triumphant Prayer?
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. – 2 Corinthians 2:14
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. – Colossians 2:15
The Romans gave a military procession of triumph to a conqueror who had met the qualifications of victory established by Roman rule. One qualification was that the victory put a complete end to the war with no enemies remaining. In the procession the conqueror would ride in a chariot pulled with four horses and all the temples were covered with flowers and incense was lit on all the altars. The city greeted the victor with a cloud of aroma.
In the same way, the victory of Jesus at the cross was complete. All enemies including Satan, sin and death were defeated. We pray as Jesus taught us that His will would be done on earth just as it has already been done in heaven. The victory is complete in heaven and now we walk and pray in that understanding. We are the trophies of His victory. Our lives and prayers continually go forth as a cloud of sweet-smelling aroma to Jesus and a stench to Satan.
|One leader in Global Disciples had a dream 20 years ago. In his dream he saw a very large religious place of worship. It was not a Christian place of worship. In the dream he saw many people throwing stones at the roof. He believed these to be prayers. After some time, the roof exploded into pieces and a snake rose up out of the building. A hand came from behind the leader and cut off the head of the snake. He saw many people running from the building and rushing behind him. When he turned around, he saw a vision of Jesus on the cross and people running to Him. This story helps us to see what Jesus has already accomplished in the spiritual realm. Now we can pray and walk by faith that we will also experience this on the earth in those places where people are bound by the false religions.|
This dream is a testimony of the mission of Global Disciples. We pray and walk by faith to bring the gospel to God’s people and give them the good news that the battle for their salvation has already been won by the blood of Jesus.
The Bible reveals to us the story of the victory of God. Throughout its pages we read of the ongoing work to defeat the forces of evil. Nowhere in the Bible does evil have the final victory. Hebrews 11 reminds us that even those who have lost their lives because of faith in God do not, in the end, suffer defeat. They experience glorious victory in the life to come.
Triumphant Prayer Works
Whenever you pray, remind yourself that you are praying to Jesus who has completely destroyed the work of the enemy. The victory ALREADY belongs to us!
Pray with confidence through faith and belief in our salvation and that no evil will prevail against us – “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? ONLY those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God” – 1 John 5:4-5
Pray with confidence through worshiping and glorifying His name and by doing this we are sharing God’s victory and glory with all the nations– “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to SHARING God’s glory” – Romans 5:2
As a Christian, we cannot let the worldly trials and tribulations make us feel defeated, when the eternal battle for our souls has already been won. We need to walk with a bold confidence and endure life’s challenges and ordeals in our stride, as it pales in comparison to the victory we have in Christ.
Encourage family, friends, co-workers, and whoever God sends across our paths, to remember that God is ultimately in control, we just need to walk in his Glory. God’s ways are not our ways, yet He can be trusted, even when things seem out of control. God loves us and only wants the best for us. It is NOT our job to understand what God is doing, it is our job to trust Him and have the confidence that the battle is won.
It’s Your Turn
Let’s come together in agreement and stand on the powerful Word of God. As we pray let’s remember that we are the trophies of His victory. Our lives and prayers continually go forth as a cloud of sweet-smelling aroma to Jesus and a stench to Satan and his demons.
When we pray, we must pray with great confidence and expectation, with the confidence that Jesus has defeated the devil’s works and God’s power is supreme. Let us be bold to ask for change, for intervention, for healing, because we know there is absolute power in prayer. Nothing is impossible for our mighty God. He has won the battle. Amen.
When we give thanks, praise and worship, let us do so with the knowledge of WHO we are giving our thanks, praise and worship to – the Creator of Heaven and Earth, God Almighty, let us feel the power of our words in honoring His name.
Pray with people to encourage them, in their everyday lives, to walk with the confidence as they claim the victory of the battle against good and evil. God has already won the battle for us – we are victorious in His name. We must pray and walk by faith that God will use us to bring His people running toward Him, just like in the dream from 20 years ago.
Let us consider the prayer of triumph that Habakkuk sang before the Lord where he acknowledges the trials and tribulations of the world yet he continues to rejoice in his salvation – “Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:1).
I invite you all to take their trials and tribulations to the Lord in prayer and thank Him that the battle has been fought on our behalf and the victory belongs to us, His beloved children.
Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
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