God is Contending For Us!
“Contend for me, my God and Lord” Psalm 35:23
God appreciates us standing up for Him. But God loves it when we let Him fight for us. When we go to prayer the Lord extends His Hand on our behalf. When we fight the good fight, it is actually allowing the Lord to step in and fight through us.
The Hebrew word contend is two dimensional, referring both to physical and verbal combat. In terms of physical combat, God is like a mother bear that protects her cubs. As the apple of God’s eye, we are covered under His loving care. In terms of verbal combat God is like the defense attorney that pleads our case and cause. When our backs are against the wall, God has our back. Revelation 12 says Satan is the accuser of the brethren, but He’s no match for the One who defends us.
We actually have two intercessors: The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf with groans too deep for words (Romans 8). Which means before we woke up this morning the Spirit of God surrounds us in prayer. But we also have Jesus praying and interceding for us. According to Hebrews 1:14 “The angels of God exist to support the heirs of salvation.” With so much support from the heavenly realms we are empowered to pray and live for the will of God to be accomplished for us and through us.
In 1774, the Continental Congress held its first official meeting in Philadelphia. Their first official act was prayer. This was not a perfunctory act of protocol; it was a good old fashioned prayer meeting. Our founding Fathers prayed with fervency and intensity. These revolutionaries knew their cause was doomed to fail without divine intervention. They prayed like it depended on God because they knew it did. Guess what Bible verse the pastor turned to Psalm 35 “Contend for me, my God and Lord.”
Our prayers do not have expiration dates. Their prayer is part of our genealogy as Americans. It was our Genesis prayer as we launched a new country. There is no other explanation for the improbability of America. God is part of our history. Like every nation ‘s history ours is dotted with grievous sins. But the only explanation for our blessings is the favor of God.
Let’s pray knowing God is contending for us!
-By Rev. Dr. William Lewis