Last week, before finishing a call with my friend, she asked “What’s one thing I can pray for you?”
After talking through my answer, I requested prayer for strength to go wherever He may lead.
All week I pondered my reply. How did I come to ask for strength? I didn’t ask for direction where to live; for new opportunities or some great revelation about my future. I asked for God’s strength for the journey ahead.
In a way it was a blessing. The Holy Spirit revealed the work He had done in my life. I was learning to trust Him with my desires, knowing His way is perfect. I was seeing Him as a loving, generous Father and not my genie-in-a-bottle provider. And I was growing stronger in my faith as He was preparing, leading and empowering me to serve Him and others.
His revelation reminded me of one of my favorite verses: “My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26). No doubt, I have plenty of life experiences where my heart and flesh failed! By God’s grace, I found His strength in my heart when I began seeking and spending extended time with Him. And now, only by walking in His strength can I serve Him faithfully, remain loyal to His plans, and focus my eyes on the finish line: eternity.
God’s strength of my heart is all I need to live in the center of His perfect and amazing will for my life!
If you had one prayer, what would it be? Would you ask for an easier, more fulfilling life? A trouble-free job? A bigger home? Better co-workers? Or would you see your one prayer as a way for God to make your life how He wants it, not how you want it? Would you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to the place where you aren’t praying for your desires to be filled; rather that you desire to be one with Him so He can fulfill His purpose and plans for you?
Don’t be surprised if you feel opposed. Satan is the ultimate heartbreaker. He’ll whisper lies of discouragement; distract you from serving Jesus and others; and turn your eyes toward ‘self’. This form of casual Christianity will keep you treating God as a part of your life, not your whole life. So don’t let the enemy derail your faith!
My heart is stirred to encourage you in your walk this week. Rise up my friends! Raise the bar in your spiritual life. Ask God for His abundant strength to be light in dark places, to bring hope to the hopeless and to know peace in uncertainty. This is no time to back down. Take an inventory of your life and remove everything that is not of Christ: materialism, selfish living, fear of the future, and the cares of this world.
When you do, I trust you’ll find that God is the strength of your heart too. Will you trust Him to lead you into His plans and purposes this week? Open your heart to find out!