Christian Living
Champions Pray in the Dark
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 15, 2021
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The true test of our character is not measured by the actions we take nor the attitudes we present when we are on stage with the spotlight shining on us. The true test of our character is measured when no one is watching but God. Many people make the mistake of wearing their spiritual maturity on their sleeves. But God is not impressed with how many Bible verses we know nor how many Sunday school lessons we teach. In fact, nothing we do can impress God.

What God desires from us more than anything is a relationship. He designed us for this. We function best when we have others around us supporting us and challenging us to grow in our relationship with Him. And no relationship can thrive without communication.

If we desire to be true champions, we must boldly pray to God, no matter how dire our situation appears.


In 1 Samuel 22, we find David tucked away in a cave in the mountains, hiding from King Saul and his army. Day after day, he fled through the mountains to avoid Saul's sword. And after days of running, David discovered an important Truth: Only God could save him. No matter how clever he was in escaping Saul's clutches, he began to understand that true salvation comes only from God. As a result of David's understanding of this principle, he spent those dark nights in mountain caves praying to God. He understood that in order to be used by God in the light, true champions pray in the dark.

It is in the dark that God brings to light His promises. It also is in the dark that He gives us the peace and assurance we need to endure difficulty and heartache. If we desire to be true champions, we must boldly pray to God, no matter how dire our situation appears. We must spend time with Him in prayer, submitting to Him and trusting Him. It is what He wants us to do.

Prayer: Lord, I trust Your will for my life. Grow my faith as I pray in the dark so that I may be used for Your glory in the light. I know You are my salvation. Your presence is my comfort and reward. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer" (Psalm 17:6).

Learn more in Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon David: Portrait of a Champion, Part 5: LISTEN NOW