Playing the Outfield

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Baseball is a game of skill.

Reggie Jackson of baseball fame once said, “A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.”

From the plate, the field is wide open. We can hit that ball anyplace, infield, outfield, in the stands! No one can tag us out if we’ve hit the ball there. We’ve got a homerun in the bag.

It’s the outfielder who must stop the ball, who must jump higher, reach farther, and do the impossible to win the game.

If you play in the outfield, you’ve gotta trust your skills. You’ve got to know you can run faster, judge distances better, and intersect a flying projectile that can break bones and knock you unconscious if you let it.

You must have faith in your skills, so you can bring home the pennant.

Matthew 21:22 says living for Christ is the same.

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Do we truly believe God’s answer is on the way? When we stand from beside our bed and wipe away our tears, do we trust in our Heavenly Father to actually perform?

Remember these three things from today’s verse:

  • Whatever you ask in prayer . . . that means anything!
  • You will receive . . . not might but will receive!
  • If you have faith . . . just trust wholly in the power of God!

Baseball is won by repetition, repetition, and repetition. It’s called practice.

Our prayer life and trust in God are built by repetition, also. God’s answers in small things will build our faith, and we’ll be able to trust that he will come through in the big things. We build our faith by spending our time in prayer.

We’re winners in Christ through our faith in him.

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