Momentum: the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes
The Bible says, “Do not despise the day of small beginnings” (Zech 4:10.)
What does that mean? I believe one thing it means is to watch closely and praise God even for the little things you are seeing in your life. Perhaps a good sale as you are shopping. Or seeing your prodigal make small improvements. Whatever ‘little’ thing you see happening in your life – stop and give thanks for those little things – give thanks, but don’t stop praying – those little things may just be the sign that you are breaking through.
Many years ago, a wise woman made a statement to me that has remained in my heart for over 30 years. She said, “When it appears you are winning the battle, don’t lay down your sword.”
I am sure we have all heard some good reports lately. They are like a cool drink of water after the many months of pressing in through prayer and intercession, while things only appeared to worsen. Lately, I can see a little momentum, even while the battle rages on. In those times, I am making certain to give God praise for every little thing I experience. Yet, I know, it is not time to lay down our sword, but time to build on this momentum.
John C. Maxwell once said, “While a good leader sustains momentum, a great leader increases it.”
I believe we must all take the position of a great leader and increase the momentum. Increase the force and the speed at which we press into the promises of God. We must keep praying. Do not lay down your sword. Do not engage in passive prayer, but in fervent prayer. In consistent prayer.
I am reminded of the woman and the unjust judge.
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily (Lk 18:1-8.)
How much more will God do for His own people who cry out to Him day and night? Jesus answered that question by declaring “I tell you how much…. He will avenge them speedily.”
We are there. We are at a place where we must cry day and night. A time of our continual declaring of God’s Word and His promises to weary the enemy.
Be unceasing in prayer, praying perseveringly (1 Thess 5:17, Amp.)
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving (Col 4:2.)
James 5:16 says, the earnest, heartfelt, continued, prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working” (Amp.) We are going to see this tremendous power that is readily available to us. We are starting to see the dynamic momentum of intercessory prayer. We must press in with all our might.
May we give thanks for all God is now doing AND continue earnestly in prayer for what He has promised in the days ahead. We must ask God to strengthen us and give us boldness to continue to speak His Word in faith – declaring the end from the beginning. May we declare our God has indeed heard our prayers, remembered His people, and is releasing healing in us, in our family and in our land. He is so faithful, and He will do all He has promised – we will see His power manifest in our life. We will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.