KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Kings 13:19 KJV “And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice”.
Joash the king of Israel, wanted a divine intervention to conquer the Syrians, so he consulted prophet Elisha (2nd Kings 13:13-16). The prophet asked him to shoot some arrows. He shot three times and then stayed. Elisha became angry with him and said, you should have shot, five or six times and you would have defeated the Syrians forever. This story reveals how some Christian stop praying half way when they have made some successes, only
for the enemy to come back and make further damages. Pray till the Spirit gives you the green light that it is over.
In 1st Kings 18, after Elijah had killed the prophets of Baal, He called King Ahab and told him there was the sound of an abundance of rain so. (1st Kings 18:41). He asked his servant to go to the seaside and look into the skies if the rains were coming. He went up till the seventh time. All this while Elijah was praying till the rains finally came down. (1st kings 18:42-46) What would have happened if he had given up at the sixth time the servant went? To pray up till the seventh time means to pray with an attitude of winning at all cost.
In Exodus 17:10-13, the Amalekites fought with the people of Israel. Moses asked Joshua to select some able men to go fight the Amalekites, but he, Aaron and Hur would go up the. Mountain. On the mountain, Moses would lift the rod of God to the heavens. Whiles his hands were up Israel was winning, but when the hands were down Amalek won. The two men found a stone for Moses to sit on, and they held his hands up till Israel totally defeated the Amalekites. The lifted hands were an act of prayer. Israel would have lost woefully if Moses had decided to give up. You can only defeat your enemies if you don’t give up your prayers.
I am called to win over every opposition of darkness. I do not give up until I have won over my enemies. Every supposed setback does not cause me to throw in the towel. I know I am a winner and would never settle for defeat.
James 5:17 KJV Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months”
Luke 22:44 KJV “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.