A Prayer for These Weary from Non secular Battle
By: Maggie Meadows Cooper
My coronary heart has been heavy for somebody I like in latest months. The prayers have been limitless. The fixed hamster wheel of concepts delivering my thoughts of methods to be supportive. The burden on my chest has been so heavy that at occasions it feels onerous to breathe. And it’s totally evident that this battle isn’t capable of be received with earthly energy alone.
The enemy is a grasp manipulator. A liar, evil, devious, and relentless in his pursuit of those that are attempting to interrupt chains and develop nearer to the Lord. He is aware of the place to hit them hardest. And he is aware of the place to hit everybody of their circle hardest. His ploy is to put on us down so that every one appears misplaced. All appears hopeless. And religion may be changed with anger, bitterness, and resentment over what ought to have been as an alternative of much more fervent prayers.
My candy buddies, whether or not you’re going to battle for somebody you like, or for your self, listed here are 5 issues from 2 Chronicles 20 the Lord confirmed me we should bear in mind when our hearts develop weary:
1. Once we don’t know what else to do, look to Jesus.
“O our God, received’t you cease them? We’re powerless towards this mighty military that’s about to assault us. We have no idea what to do, however we need to you for assist.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12
Y’all, there have been so many prayers for open and closed doorways, for knowledge and discernment, for the correct folks to be in place on the proper time. And there are occasions earthly doorways have been opened…solely to be closed. Steps ahead…that rapidly grew to become steps backward. And I didn’t know what else to do. However Jesus does. It doesn’t matter what your “mighty military” could also be, don’t forget that His sources are limitless. His plans are good. And His timing is ideal. If you don’t know what else to do, cry out to Jesus.
2. The battle isn’t ours, however God’s.
“He (Jahaziel) mentioned, “That is what the Lord says: Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty military, for the battle isn’t yours, however God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15
If you’re like me, you attempt to carry the entire burdens in your personal life and people of those you like, round. You choose them up, pile them on, sling some over your shoulder in a backpack, and trudge alongside till you possibly can’t take another step. However y’all, we have been by no means meant to go to battle alone. We’re God’s…and the battles are His. Give up to Him. Belief Him to do what He says He’ll do. He’s devoted.
3. We’re not alone!
“Tomorrow, march out towards them…However you’ll not even must battle. Take your positions; then stand nonetheless and watch the Lord’s victory. He’s with you.”- 2 Chronicles 20:16,17
So many occasions in my life, I’ve heard the Lord whisper, “I’m proper right here.” However I’m embarrassed to confess that it hasn’t at all times been a consolation. When my child refused to sleep by way of the evening, and I used to be begging God to assist her relaxation as I cried by her crib, I heard him say, “I’m proper right here.” However I rapidly snapped again, “Then do one thing!” A few of you will have been in that very same place. However let me encourage you that He is doing one thing…at all times working (John 5:17)…even once we can’t see it. Lay down your weapons. Stand nonetheless. And permit the Lord’s presence to be sufficient for the second.
4. Worship God with prayers and reward, earlier than the battle is received.
“Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low along with his face to the bottom. And all of the folks of Judah and Jerusalem did the identical, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to reward the Lord, the God of Israel, with a really loud shout.” 2 Chronicles 20:18,19
When I’m discouraged and weary, worship could also be the very last thing on my thoughts. I don’t really feel like praising the Lord for one thing that hasn’t occurred but. It could develop into tough to rejoice small victories when the massive one is so very distant. But when we’re going to stand agency, we should consider within the Lord’s faithfulness and worship Him, not due to what we wish Him to do, however due to what He’s already completed, my candy buddies. Reward Him and sing out to Him as they did that day, “Give due to the Lord, His devoted love endures perpetually!” (2 Chronicles 20:21)
5. Put together your coronary heart to fulfill within the Valley of Blessing when the battle is completed.
“On the fourth day they gathered within the Valley of Blessing, which received its identify that day as a result of the folks praised and thanked the Lord there.” 2 Chronicles 20: 26
The folks of Judah have been victorious that day as they gathered and praised the Lord. I pray our outcomes would be the identical, however the reality is that I don’t know the way our battles will finish. A few years in the past, I dedicated to praising the Lord within the good…and within the dangerous. And the reality is, I’ve needed to do each. One is more durable than the opposite. However irrespective of the end result of the battle you might be going through, God continues to be God. And He’s nonetheless good. So, praying and believing for victory in Jesus’ identify, I’ll put together to fulfill the Lord in my very own Valley of Blessing after every battle I face. And I pray you’ll too.
The battle I’m going through appears not possible to win. Assist me to look to you after I don’t know what else to do. Assist me to keep in mind that the battle is yours, I’m by no means alone, and that there’s energy in your identify. Give me a need to worship you, even after I don’t really feel prefer it. And put together my coronary heart to face agency, give thanks, and reward you, irrespective of the end result.
In your mighty identify,
Maggie Meadows Cooper is a spouse, mother, educator, creator, and blogger with a eager for girls to develop a coronary heart for Jesus and others. She is the creator of the kids’s e-book “Bumper” and blogs at The Little Moments about what the Lord is educating her by way of her youngsters and on a regular basis life. She contributes to Blogs by Christian Girls, Devotional Diva, She Disciples, and Connecting Ministries. An educator with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Training from Auburn College (Conflict Eagle!), she has twenty years expertise working with younger youngsters. She loves all issues chocolate, actual Coca-Cola, and lives together with her husband, three youngsters, and two rambunctious canines in Opelika, Alabama.
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