Why you need to stop being complacent to get your victory

When we look at the disciples in the Bible, and their imprisonment, we read that God demonstrated His power very clearly and wonderfully. In Acts 5:19 it says, “But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth.”  The disciples were freed and thanked God.

However, just a short time later, they continued to face persecution and in Acts 12 we see Herod arresting James. The assumption amongst others was that God would rescue him again, yet there is no mention of prayer or intercession taking place, and then the people learned that James was dead. The people had become complacent, and they saw a very different result than what they had simply presumed.


It has been said that “Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes, and causes a drain on the brain… complacent people follow the easiest course – downhill. They draw false strength from looking back.”

Complacency is dangerous for Christians, as it’s easy for us to fall into taking God’s faithfulness for granted. We can confuse presumption about what God will do in a situation for faith that He will demonstrate His power. Sometimes it’s like we are not quite awake, and we need to say “Disturb us Lord!” so that we don’t get complacent in our prayer life.


I’m sure that all of us have had times where we have prayed for weeks over something that felt like a really big deal, and perhaps we have had other times where we have felt confident and become complacent about praying about it. In these times, we must remember that we need God and his power, and that our victory only comes through reliance on Him. As Ephesians 5:14 says, “Wake up, o sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”


The Bible warns us to be ready and aware at all times: “your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

In the words of Sir Francis Drake, let this be our prayer today:

Disturb us, Lord,
When we are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true,
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely,
Because we sailed too close to the shore

Disturb us, Lord,
With the abundance of things we possess,
We have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
we have ceased to dream of eternity,
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.

Author: Daniel Kolenda


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