To fight your enemy, you must be trained to fight.
To train to fight, you must learn to fight by fighting with your friends.
The highest forms of such fighting we call sport.
We live in an age awash with sport, and yet absent of it. Profiteering knows no bounds to the mammon that can be made. But the age old value of sport - not to watch, but to play - is absent from our daily lives.
We want to overcome. But we find drudgery. We want to rejoice. But we find friendly fire where we had hoped for peace.
Like good sportsmanship, God sends you the daily fights of your Christian walk for the sake of the sport itself. This means that all the obstacles you find are there not for your destruction but for your resurrection.
As long as I remember that I cannot die, then I can also remember that there is therefore nothing to fear.
Satan can only focus his assaults one person at a time. He is not in all places, nor does he know all things. His taint is inside of you, but he is not.
That means that the "friend" God sends you to fight against, in order to prepare you for the real Spiritual War when it seeks you out, is your self. The Christian walk is to wake each day, prepared to wage war against the fallen nature of your own flesh, the original sin inherited from Adam.
There will be no lasting peace in this age. Jesus has said this is certain. To ask God otherwise in any honest way must be a most delicate prayer.
It is right to pray for bread today. It is less right to pray for bread for tomorrow ahead of schedule.
Better to trust than to fear.
This is what it means to pray, in your distresses to call upon the Christ. He is not like the mute idols who stoically reign over the winds of fortunes. He is the Living God who orders light and matter, life and history, from beginning to its end, ever bringing goodness out of the abyss of chaos.
Do not muse in your head upon your bed or at your work and call this prayer. Open your mouth and speak to God.
Begin with Psalm 23.
Speak it every day and believe what it says about you. In it, recite your troubles, seek conviction, own your King and Master, and discover the otherworldly superpower that is the faith alone which only a wizened Christian may know.
Until next time,
Be strong, and let your heart know courage.