Effective prayer: Iker Casillas teaches

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Iker CasillasIker Casillas didn’t have to do anything to win! In the boring Italy-Spain Confederations Cup semi-final, Casillas just stood there on the penalty shoot-out that settled a sluggish 0-0 into overtime match. As a matter of fact, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon didn’t stop a single shot either.

Buffon Casillas

It could have been a spectacular show of goalkeeping prowess, but neither could stop any PK.

On a few penalty shots, Casillas dove. But after one cheeky Italian chipped it straight and center, he apparently decided to stop diving. He just stood there uselessly. The dives were pretty much pointless anyway because both teams drilled home unstoppable PKs. So Spain won 7-6 because Leonardo Bonucci launched his to the moon instead of the net. Here were the world’s two best goalies, and neither made a single save.

The penalty shoot-out reminded me of prayer. We can try. We can dive. But ultimately, the victory has nothing to do with us. Victory comes from above. Effective prayer does more than doing more.

Casillas Confederations CupThat’s why the overworked minister who neglects prayer commits a fatal mistake. He spins his wheels. The lion’s share of the work belongs to God Almighty, and the minister (not almighty) tries to do it.

If you yearn for greater effectiveness, pray more and work less! Pray effective prayers.

24 responses to “Effective prayer: Iker Casillas teaches

  1. What a great post! And a great reminder that ultimately “victory comes from above”. Thank you!

  2. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

    We learned in Bible College, in Practical Theology, “Neglect not the King in busyness for the kingdom.”

    He is our source of power. Every preacher wants the people who hear him preach to respond in the affirmative to the message.

    I agree, prayer is the key.i

  3. prayingforoneday

    Was a rubbish game, only good thing was the Shoot out

    • I never like a shoot-out. It’s almost like deciding the winner by flipping a coin.

      • prayingforoneday

        It is better than what the did 10 years ago (A trial) They played the usual 30 minutes extra time, 1st team to score won the game. Was kinda an Anti Climax. Being a Soccer man, I think if you get beat in a Penalty shoot out you take it badly, but you think “Well it could have been us” And you know you were not really beaten, it is like flipping a coin. Many ask “How can players on Β£50,000 a week miss from there” Simple answer, Nerves. Some can’t handle the stress. When it happened in the World Cup Final “THAT” is pressure.


    • looking forward to tomorrow’s game

      • prayingforoneday

        Yeah should be ok I hope, but finals are a strange animal, I played a few and managed about 12, they are just odd games, I always try to say to my players “Don’t play the occasion, play the game” I took a team here once, made a few websites:


        We were the Division below and just won the league, team we played won the Scottish cup 3 years running, most play pro now..On the day my players never had the composure. But the scoreline I was happy with. We were STRONG underdogs. A week later the team that beat us won the Scottish Cup, beating a BRILLIANT side from Aberdeen (Can’t mind name, good boys club) I think 15-0 or something..

        So finals., can be strange.. lol

        • I like Brazil almost as much as Spain, so I can’t say I’m unhappy with the final. They played better, had a greater hunger. From the Italy game forward, Spain is not playing like Spain.

          • prayingforoneday

            Spain will take their foot 50% of the Gas, if you know Soccer at all like me, of course Spain wanted to win, but they are not going to risk injury after the hard season they just had. And it was in Brazil. For me Spain just didn’t really look interested. As if “Ahh we got to the final we still the best in the World” And they are still the best in the World… The World Cup next year should be SUPERB….PS: What Team do you follow, in terms of Club football. Cheers

  4. We are taught by parents to be responsible, reliable and tenacious. Unfortunately, no one tells us how to sit back, do nothing and wait. Yet, this is the best advice when dealing with life crisis turned over to God. Great inspiration, thanks.

  5. Reminds me of Milton πŸ™‚ “They also serve who only stand and wait”
    Nice post; not much is in our power, unlike what they teach at schools & colleges πŸ™‚

  6. It is God almighty who works. thanks for the post.

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