For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:3, NLT)
I serve on five prayer teams in my city and want to share with you a secret weapon that shatters five boards with a single kick. When I pray with people, it’s often for peace in the home. Finances. Health. Job. Ministry. Marriage. Kids. Relationship with God.
But most good changes don’t happen overnight. They come with hard work. Did you know that Bruce Lee practiced with a 300-pound bag to improve his kicking power? I wanted to do that in the supernatural realm, in the power of the Holy Spirit. I love seeing the work of the enemy pummeled.
I recently prayed with a man who was experiencing back pain. The prayer team placed our hands on his back and prayed. He said he felt warmth go down his spine. Soon he straightened and pulled his shoulders back.
He asked,”Where did you learn how to pray like that?”
I shrugged. “The Holy Spirit.”
Bruce Lee says:
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
For 27 years, I asked the Holy Spirit how to pray. He directed me to read Scripture. He taught me to listen to Him as I drove my car to work, filled journal after journal with His promises, and attended Holy Spirit conferences. He showed me how to teach others to sit at the feet of the Master and listen together.
Sometimes I skipped my quiet time, and on other days, I couldn’t quiet my mind enough to hear God’s voice. But I got my head back in the game and stuck with it.
I learned to shrug off condemnation—the sense that the enemy was overpowering me for my shortcomings—and to embrace conviction—turning back to Jesus’ way. On days I got the two mixed up. I totally felt like quitting. It wasn’t easy, because I felt insecure and wanted to shrink back. Can I do this? I wondered. So I asked the Holy Spirit. You know what He said?
And Jesus-in-me did. By His power. And Jesus-in-you can, too.
You’ve practiced one kick 10,000 times. Maybe it wasn’t releasing Holy Spirit prayers. Maybe it was sharing Christ with strangers. Or listening to high-risk youth pour out their troubles. Or encouraging down-and-outers who were lost or lonely. Or you baked 10,000 muffins. You did it. Perseverance thrusts the enemy aside, and he topples, making you, and those you contend for, overcomers.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:35, 36).
Friend, what’s your kick?