No Substitute For This One Thing

Focused Prayer: Day 13

“Quitting is not an option!”

This sounds good in the movies, but it’s just not true. Of course it’s an option. It’s an option that you and I face every day. People quit all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons:  mental and physical exhaustion, discouragement, disallusionment…the list goes on.

Most of you have known what it’s like to feel like you’re at the end of your rope with nothing left in the tank. Maybe you’re there now. Maybe you’re only putting one foot in front of the other because someone else is counting on you or you just plain don’t want to be humiliated by giving up the fight.

I’ve been there. A couple of years ago after a rough day of ministry, I wanted hit a major interstate and just drive until I ran out of gas. I believe my exact words were, “I. am. done.”

Thankfully, I didn’t act on that impulse. This passage of scripture came to my rescue and I want to share it with you:

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV

See that? “Even youths grow tired and weary…” Even the most energetic in life get weary. You are not a less than Christian because your physical, emotional and spiritual tank is running low. Christians need to begin to see this as a normal part of life. Our resources are naturally depleted by living life.

There also is another norm; being restored in the presence of God. Christ has a made way for restoration through waiting on him in prayer, meditating on His word, and simply sitting in His presence.

There are no substitutes for time alone with God. None. You have a choice. You can either continue to run on fumes and no oil  until you blow an engine or you can stop and refuel.

Prayer Focus

Read this passage again from Isaiah 40. Answer this question: What area in your life needs renewal? The Lord no doubt knows, but he calls us to bring it to Him. Where do you need his strength and restorative power in your life? Tell him. Take some time to sit quietly before the Lord; let Him pour into you. I’m praying with you.

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