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Prayer: Energy & Strength For The Exhausted


What Does the Bible Say about Energy?

There are so many beautiful biblical offers of living water, bread of life, and rest for the weary to draw from in times of burnout. What we get when we refill on God is his energy, which is greater than our own.

The Message version of the Bible explains in Philippians 2 that when we’re tuned in to God, we’re energized. And when we come to him for renewal, knowing that he alone can save us, we share him as the light of the world.

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. – Philippians 2:12-15 (MSG)

When burnout threatens to steal your joy, open yourself to God’s energy in prayer. Claim even the smallest space of prayer time as your personal sabbath. It doesn’t have to be impressive. It doesn’t have to be “too much.”

Just talk with the one who made you for more than this. The one who knows that you’re hurting, overwhelmed, exhausted, or hopeless. Come to him, just as burnt out as you are, and draw from the source of energy that never runs out.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:28-31

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