…Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13
The world defines frustration as feelings of expression and annoyance because of inability to change or achieve something; prevented from progressing, succeeding or being fulfilled.
Yet by Divine design frustration is merely a gateway, the door that leads a maturing Believer into a deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ. It can bring one to either to a place of honesty –stepping out of denial and admitting powerlessness over our lives and circumstances; or into the bondage of despair and hopelessness. The choice is ours.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those find it are few. Matthew 7:14
Road Block of Frustration
The road through the narrow gate is steep and fraught with many challenges. It is impossible for man to navigate, yet it is possible for God (Matthew 19:26)
Road blocks are inevitable. They come in forms of trails, tribulations or prodding relentless hindrances. It is at this point we may become dazed, confused or even paralyzed with doubt. Since prayer is drawing upon the Grace of God in the time of need, it is the most powerful tool, spiritual or otherwise, we have to overcome frustration and doubt in any form.
Road Map through Frustration
The unsurpassed power of prayer opens the way not only to intercession by the Holy Spirit, but intercession of the Holy Spirit residing in the body of the Believer –the living temple. Frustration takes on a whole new internal and external perspective.
Therefore as true Believers confronted with frustration in prayer we ask and keep on asking, we seek and keep on seeking, and we knock and keep on knocking (Matthew 7:7) as the Divine Road map unfolds before us.
Frustration is simply the road block that leads us to the narrow gate; and if we enter, then to the complete truth found only in Jesus Christ.