Fiery darts can be defeated. If you have followed my blog, you know this to be True. Yet, some attacks take longer to defeat than others. And if you’ve noticed, the fiery darts that attack us within the realm of personal relationships, are the deadliest–especially if you have struggled with these attacks for years on end.
Fiery dart attacks that we are still wrestling with after years of seeming defeat, push us to the brink of despair, frustration, and hopelessness. During such an ongoing battle we are tempted to loose our focus and like Peter we can feel ourselves sinking beneath the waves of the storm. But even as we feel ourselves sinking, like Peter, we must remember to cry out, “Lord, save me!”
And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”… Matthew 14:29-30
These ongoing attacks require a strong & singular faith. A faith that is based on God and God alone; even when our prayers have proven fruitless. In these situations, when things don’t turn out as we had planned and don’t look like they ever will, God has to be enough. Even in the midst of seeming defeat, God assures us that we can know victory!
Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! Habakkuk 3:17-19
Just remember, the enemy’s plan is to control our focus and lock it onto the things we think we lack instead of the all consuming presence of God where we discover we lack nothing! For in this state we wake up to the Truth that when we have God in Christ we have everything we need!
In Romans 8, we discover why prayers that we pray sometimes go unanswered. In Romans 8:26, 27, 28, Paul says “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
These words of Paul are powerful. Notice its says infirmities in the plural, and notice it says, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought. It happens to us over and over in life. We don’t know what or how to pray. It happens because our prayers are not aligned with God’s mind, His will for us. One may take a passage, and not viewing it from the whole of Scripture, or even the immediate context of Scripture, and if they looked to it as guidance for life, what they are asking for can fail to be in align with God’s mind, His will, His purpose for our life. And then, during times of our lives, we may not be reading or studying God’s Word; it gathers dust on our coffee table, and when something occurs and we call out to God in prayer, again the prayer may not be aligned with God’s mind, His will for us.
Notice the Holy Spirit prays for the saints according to the will of God.
And what is so awesome in this verse is this, “He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit.” The Trinity does not have a mind like ours, going in multiple directions, and then on top of this, we may have no patience, we want something immediately, and what we want may not be good for us. When we fail to pray according to God’s mind, His will, and we lose patience waiting on God, we end up making wrong choices, take wrong paths in life. But the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, is so aligned in purposes for us, the Holy Spirit prays for us the will of God, and God that searcheth the hearts, (this is referring to our hearts), knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,” There is no room the triune God to mess up here. The triune God knows our hearts, and He knows what we need, and whatever and whenever He allows something to come into our lives, it is for our good, it has a purpose, according to His mind, His will, His purpose. His ways are not our ways.