The Victory before the Victory – Friday, Holy Week Minute 5

Easter. Where sin was defeated on the cross. Where death was defeated with an empty tomb. The victory that changes everything.

But there was another victory. A victory that should not be overlooked. The setting – a garden. The time – in the darkest hours of early morning. The battlefield – prayer. The battle – a surrender of the will. In those darkest hours, in deepest agony of the soul, all alone, in prayer that brought sweat drops of blood, he cried out, “Not my will but Thine.” It was there the victory was secured.

The setting – a garden. The time – in the darkest hours of early morning. The battlefield – prayer.

May we find ourselves slipping and stumbling, fumbling and failing, missing the victory because we don’t enter the real battlefield. Maybe we don’t find the victory because we’re fighting the wrong battles. Easter is time to reflect on the victory Christ secured through cross and the resurrection. But it’s also a time to remember the victory through prayer.

Prayer … this is where the victory lies.

What’s your prayer life like?

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