Success and Failure in God’s Eyes

Let me ask you a question… When you see someone who is on obvious need of a miracle or healing, are you hesitant to pray for them?


Fear of failure?

Fear of looking foolish if the person is not supernaturally healed?

If that’s you, read on…

Right now I am reading a book that is rocking me. It’s Igniting Furious Love (edited by Darren Wilson). Here is an excerpt from the first chapter:

One of my favorite things about God’s Kingdom is the fact that His rules and how He looks at stuff is so wildly different from our rules and view of the world. For instance, for the most part we operate out of a success/failure mindset in just about every aspect of life. If you try to do something, you will either succeed or fail. 

The person you are praying for will either be healed or not. That altar call will produce results or not. Success or failure — those are our two options. It’s true in business, sports, school, and especially in ministry. 

Fortunately for us, God does not operate out of a success/failure mindset. Never has. Just read the Bible. It’s right there, plain as day. No, God operates out of a relationship/obedience model.

We need to redefine what success and failure are. For example, in the world of healing prayer we tend to think success is only defined as a miracle or healing. But in God’s economy I do not believe success or failure are measured that way. Instead God measures success or failure simply by whether or not we were obedient.

When we felt that nudge from God to pray for that person, when we heard that still, small voice… were we obedient or did we tune it out? Did we pray with boldness? With passion? Were we more concerned with what God thinks than what people think?

If we took a step of faith and prayed for him or her, then we were successful in God’s eyes, regardless of the outcome of our prayer. May that become our mindset. May that become how we define success or failure.

May God bring someone across your path TODAY who needs prayer. May you have eyes to see them. May you be in tune to God’s voice. May you hear His prompting. And when you do, may you take a scary but faith-filled (and faithful) step and ask, “Can I pray for you right now?”

***Join us this Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. I’ll be preaching a passage that has been circled on my calendar for a long time because there is so much theology packed into it: Matthew 16:13-20. My sermon is titled “Rocks and Gates and Keys.” September 16th. 10:30am. More info at***


About Dan Kopp

In 2010 Dan and Kellie felt the call by God to plant a church somewhere in Macomb County, Michigan. Several months later The Eastside Vineyard Church launched and currently meets inside Shelby Jr. High in Shelby Township. This blog began in the pre-launch phase of the church and has exceeded 50,000 hits. Thanks for reading!
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2 Responses to Success and Failure in God’s Eyes

  1. Melissa says:

    Wow. We were just talking about this last night at Small Group.

    I am so scared to pray and get off on my own track–demanding that God answer my prayer the way I want, focused completely on what I want the outcomes to be–that I fear praying. Failure in many ways, there.

    Success isn’t about the outcome of the prayer…it is just about turning to God in everything, eh? That changes the purpose of prayer–and the purpose of avoiding it too!

    Thanks for challenging my thoughts…God is working on this in my life big time right now!

  2. Wow this is a great truth Dan- “Fortunately for us, God does not operate out of a success/failure mindset. Never has. Just read the Bible. It’s right there, plain as day. No, God operates out of a relationship/obedience model.” Am going to paste it on the insides of my eyelids!

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