I come to you tired, burdened, and weary knowing that you promise rest (Matthew 11:28). Grant me rest.
I come to you seeking respite from the heaviness and uncertainty. In my weakness, may you grant me relief as I dwell in your presence. May your grace be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I lay down the fear and anxiety on my heart. Lord, strengthen me with the courage to keep going, to continue to persevere through these difficult and trying days.
Help me remain steadfast under trial (James 1:12), to run with endurance the race that is set before me (Hebrews 12:1), and to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).
Lord, as my refuge and strength you have seen me through trials both great and small.
You, Lord, deserve all my praise, for you, Lord, never change.
Your steadfast love endures forever.
Hear my prayer. Amen.
We’ve been living in a season filled with uncertainty for a while now. Yet, the pandemic likely isn’t the only heavy thing in your life. Whether it be the added stress of a chronic illness or rare disease, grief or loss, family or marital strain, the struggles faced in “precedented times” haven’t gone away. Those struggles are ever-present…and in a pandemic, likely heavier than ever before.
In the heaviness, I keep being drawn to one specific word: perseverance.
Continuance in a state of grace to the end. What a beautiful depiction of what it means to persevere, to steadily persist.
There is a longing in my heart for that these days. Do you feel it too?