Ever watch wrestling on TV? Yes, it is all fake. And yes, over the years it has become depraved. But I want you to think about the “submission hold,” that trademark maneuver some wrestler would use to get his opponent to quit, to submit.


Question: Does God have a “submission hold” on your life?  Or are you still struggling, wrestling with his word?  We are commanded to submit to (a) God in James 4:7, (b) governmental authorities in 1 Peter 2:13, (c) one another in Ephesians 5:21, and (d) elders in Hebrews 13:17.


There are those who cannot submit to God’s word. The Apostle Paul (Romans 8:6-8) wrote that the “mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” People focused on self cannot submit and “cannot please God.”


One of the consequences of not submitting to God is that your prayer life is null and void. You might feel better when you pray, but that’s all it is, just a feel good experience. The author of Hebrews wrote:  “During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (5:7 NIV)


Are there spouses, children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren who have needs you want to bring to God? Don’t worry about the words you use in prayer; consider your life. Ask yourself: Am I reverently submitting myself to God? Is there anything I am commanded to do in Scripture that I am choosing not to do? Is my pride and stubbornness keeping my prayers from being answered? Remember, even Jesus submitted, and he was heard.                         — Mike

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