Fri, December 09, 2016
Who are you Praying for?
Isaiah 30:18 – Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him.
In our culture of instant access, quick fixes and easy answers, sometimes we transfer those expectations over into our relationship with God. We assume we can pray and move on, without engaging in the tough work of prayer: fasting, intercession, praying “in the Spirit” with perseverance, spiritual warfare. Daniel gives us a glimpse into the need for persistent prayer (see Daniel 10). We have a spiritual enemy who does not release his grip easily. Who or what are you praying for? How are you praying for them? God longs to work, but we must learn to “wait for Him.” Let the Holy Spirit lead you as you pray. Let Him guide your thoughts, your words, and your focus. Stay with Him until the spiritual battle is won: “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4:5).
Sat, December 10, 2016
Strength to the Weary
Isaiah 40:29-31- He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
God divinely enables His people to endure difficult circumstances as they “wait (hope) upon the Lord” (vs. 31-32). He enables us to rise above the stresses and distresses of life (Eph. 2:6) with the strength of eagles’ wings. He enables us to live a holy life (Gen 17:1) and walk in obedience (II Kings 20:3), and to walk with God in fellowship (Gen. 5:22). He refreshes us in the middle of suffering (Is. 41:17-19) and gives us divine strength to endure (Is. 41:10). Are you suffering today? He gives strength to the weary.