In her book, “The Happy Intercessor,” author Ben iJohnson uses a football analogy of being either the defensive team, or offensive team, as the game is played out. She writes, “The offensive team, however, has the advantage in that they have the ball. With their skill and different plays, they proceed to carry to football down the field to make a touchdown. The offensive team calls the plays, for they have the ball…it is extremely important to understand that God has already given us the ball. We are the offensive team. If you don’t understand that, if you are not praying from a place of victory, then…you will be one who is always trying to protect what God has given you from the devil’s plans…if you do not understand that God has already given you the ball, you will live in fear and pray from a place of lack…as the offensive team, our job is to take the land and not to run around after the enemy trying to steal the ball away from him. The devil lost the ball at Calvary…your job is to find out what God wants to do…then you begin to pray what God wants…”*
I like this analogy. I like the clarity with which she points out that we – the offensive team, those who represent the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth – always have the ball.
That is a truth worth repeating: we who possess His indwelling Spirit and Presence, we who are the temple of the Holy Spirit – we always have the ball. Moreover, the devil has no chance of ever gaining it back. Why? Because God owns the ball!
However, Johnson’s advice “to pray what God wants” was modeled by Jesus, who said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19, NASB)
Christ in us, the hope of glory. Not only hope for the afterlife, when these tents we now possess wear out….but the hope of glory – His glory, not ours – pouring out in a rich, radiant, transforming light for as long as we dwell on this earth. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” (John 8:12, NASB) Jesus also stated, “You are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:14, NASB)
Seek. Listen. Pray. And don’t lose sight of carrying the ball.