2 Chronicles 26:5 NIV “He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success”
The foundation of all true success in the Kingdom of God is prayer. Even though God has created us as rational beings with the ability to make decisions of our own volition, He never intended that we operate independent of Him. Through prayer we give God permission that He so deserves to intervene in the affairs of our lives. The Bible says concerning Jesus that He often withdrew Himself to lonely places and prayed (Luk.5:16). That’s why Jesus could say, “the Son can do nothing of Himself” (Joh.5:19). Jesus attributes the success of His ministry on earth to His dependence on God.
Prayer must be continuous in our lives to ensure lasting success. Many plans fail not because God did not speak, but because men stopped listening. When Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to go to the place of his father to get a bride for Isaac, Eliezer prayed, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day….” (Gen.24:12). Even though he had received specific instructions from his master Abraham, his dependency was on God’s ability to make him successful.
Hebrews 4:16 says that we must approach God with confidence to receive grace for help in time of need. The Christian life is one that requires complete dependency on God, and we do this through prayer. Despite the opposition Paul faced given the thorn in his flesh, he was able to say in spite of all that, “I am what I am by the grace of God” (1 Cor.15:10). He attributed his success to God’s grace upon his life. Even though his prayer had been for God to remove the challenges he faced, God was able to correct him in saying, ‘I will give you the grace to overcome’.
Build a successful life by building a diligent prayer life, because the more we depend on God, the more we will prayer. It’s in the place of prayer the grace to overcome is released. Your time in prayer prepares you for opportunities that you prepare in the place of prayer.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov.16:3, Ps.138:8, Jam.1:5, Joh.15:7; 16:24-26, Phil.4:6-8