Our church family is currently in the midst of believing God for the impossible for a dear and close friend. Last week, the elders in our church gathered together in prayer without ceasing that God would answer a request that would benefit this dear friend and the people that she served at her place of employment. We touched and agreed (Mathews 18:19 NIV) that God would hear our request and he confirmed his Word by resolving the issue. Bless God! Now we are believing the Lord for a seemingly impossible request. We have gathered together in prayer yet again, and are praying without ceasing once again.
But it is during this interim part of prayer that ideas and thoughts arise about the seeming impossibility of the request. Some of the old saints like to refer to this interim period as the fight of faith. During this time the evil one attacks with us thoughts, ideas and suggestions that are contrary to the Word of God and our requests. But I am encouraged by the accounts within bible showing us numerous examples of men and women in antiquity who when faced with adversity or an impossible task, chose to trust in the Lord and his promises (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
I remember the righteous man Job, who through no fault of his own (except for his righteousness) was targeted by the evil one. For Job was attacked emotionally, physically, and financially. He lost his beloved family through a natural disaster, received boils and lost all of his wealth. But he never lost the Lord. He chose to keep his faith and trust in the Lord. I love his account because he did not have the written Word to rely on like we do today. All he had was oral history passed down from righteous men and women and his relationship with the Lord. He was plagued by very intellectual and wise men of his day bombarding him with suggestions on why his prayer was not answered. Why his children died and reasons for his suffering. But Job continued to trust in the Lord despite the impossibility of it all. For he was an old man of about 70 years. How could he start again? For what do you do when you have lost everything? What do you do when it looks like your prayer was not heard? You continue to trust in the Lord and in his promises. For as Job cried out, “I know my redeemer lives” (Job 19:25 NIV).
For my hope is built on nothing else other than the precious blood of Jesus and his righteousness. While our prayer request may seem impossible nothing is too hard for the Lord (Jeremiah 32:17 NIV). For with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26 NIV). Even the secular writers know about this reality. For Joe Darion wrote in his song his song the Impossible Dream:
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star.
And that’s what we will see in prayer if we continue. We will reach what seemed unattainable for if we can believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23 NIV).