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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: The Prize Fighter
By darrell darden


1. James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.(KJV)

I kept staring down at my hands as I prepared to use them once again. It never ceases to amaze me how much God has allowed me to accomplish with them. Sometimes fear will try and raise its ugly head and I have to remind myself that God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear. Fear comes from the enemy I remind myself as I begin to put my “war clothes “on.

My opponent is a familiar foe whom I’ve battled often, a crafty adversary who has a bag full of tricks and is not afraid to use them. “Lord give me strength and wisdom, put a hedge about me and protect me against the wiles of the enemy in Jesus name, also wash me, cover me and cleanse me in His precious blood and forgive any sins I may have committed so that I may go forth clean holy and acceptable in thy sight, A-men.” I pray as the time for battle draws closer. Tonight the stakes are high and many have come seeking victory and a reckoning of sorts that will bring them spiritual redemption and healing. I am humbled by the mantle put upon me and ask God to help me stand up under the weight of it as I enter the “arena”.

The battle for the mind begins as voices come from nowhere saying things like “you’re going to lose, you can’t win, and nobody cares!” I have resisted the urge to turn back many times over the years thanks to the strengthening of the Holy Spirit and the anchoring scripture He gave me. 23 “I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”(1st Corinthians 9:23-25NIV) As I begin to lay hands on the people tears begin to well up in my eyes and I utter the these words “beloved let us begin to pray…”

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C D Swanson 08/12/11
Beautiful. Nice job, sounds like something a pastor would pray before going into church. I enjoyed it, quick and easy read. God Bless~
Linda Goergen08/13/11
A prayer that would be wonderful if every preacher prayed and earnestly felt from the sincerest depths of their soul, each and every time they stepped out to minister! Unfortunately a prayer like this is far from the hearts of too many appeasing preachers today. Also a prayer we all could use daily, as we step into battle with the enemy of our souls. Thanks for a beautiful read of a peaceful prayer of praise and guidance.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/16/11
This is a great testimony. There's definitely something special when someone prays while laying their hands on the person for whom they are praying. I've berm to several hands on healing I haven't been healed physically yet but it renews my faith and keeps me going. Thanks for sharing what it's like to be on the other side of the hands.