The Carolina Panthers are about to play against the Denver Broncos for the 2016 Super Bowl. Being a Panther fan, I pray they will win; however, I’m sure the Bronco’s have people praying their team will win as well.
God Himself has been their help and strength. They have put on their gear, had weekly practice, even in the snow and cold, when the conditions were not conducive to practice. Both teams have earned their way to play in this year’s Super Bowl.
If you watched any of the Panther games this year, there have been some game changing plays made by this team. For example; in the Seattle game on October 18,2015, Cam Newtons’s pass to Greg Olson; in the last few minutes of the game; sealed a come from behind victory for the Carolina Panthers. It was a game changer. These young men are well versed and practiced in the game of football. They can see an open spot and fearlessly throw the football, right into the hands of the readied receiver. On that day, it brought them their sixth straight win.
In the Old Testament book of 2 Kings; Elisha the prophet, was being hunted down by the King of Syria for using his prophetic skills. Elisha was always warning the King of Israel how to avoid the King of Syria. The Syrian king sent his servants to find Elisha. According to verse fourteen; he sent horses and chariots and a great army to search him out. These servants found out where Elisha was staying, traveled by night and surrounded the city.
When Elisha’s servant woke up and went out; he saw they were surrounded. He was shaking in his shoes as he informed Elisha.
The Bible doesn’t tell us if Elisha could see into the spiritual world; however his words took the fear right out of his servant’s heart. “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” God also blinded these Syrians upon Elisha’s request. After they were inside of Samaria, Elisha prayed and God gave them back their sight. He placed a banquet in front of his enemies and released them to go back to their master.
Needless to say, the Syrian raiders never came back to Israel. It was a game changing spiritual reality for Elisha on that victorious day.
Elisha prayed a powerful prayer for his servant in verse 17. “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” He was protected by the LORD.
The NFL teams watch lots of video footage of their opponent until they understand their tactics. As they review the plays of their opposition and study their own play books; their knowledge is increased on their own tactics to be employed during the coming game.
You may be feeling defeated but ask God to reveal your opponents tactics. Prepare yourself and pray strategically. “Do not fear, for those who are for you are more than those who are against you.” Read and study your play book, the Bible. God may give you a game changing plan; that will lead you to victory, every single time.
Prayer in Motion:
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your game changing spiritual reality. I know I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. When I feel surrounded and defeated, remind me to go back to my play book, Your Word. Thank You Jesus that the victory over my opposition is held in Your hands. May I always be prepared to meet my opponent. In Jesus Name. Amen