“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
“…if my people, who are called by my name,will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
“Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘let’s pray about this right now.'”
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
“Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve. Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.“
“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’”
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…”
“The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace… We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings, or passions to seduce us into self-rejection.”
Henri J M Nouwen
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1
”But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession..” (1 Peter 2:9)
”God saw Israel’s unbelief as rebellion and rejection of His rule. He had proven Himself over the years. The blessing originally prepared for them was to be transferred to the next generation. May that not be your story.”
“But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes…When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely…”
Why do you think God designed us to have limits to our physical, mental and emotional energy?
2. Read these verses, and take note of what each says will help us renew our strength.
”Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.” (Exodus 23:12)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
“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 40:31)
3. What helps you find refreshment? Make a list of practical ideas to keep handy. Here are some “starters”: Reading a Psalm, Taking a walk outside; Talking to a good friend; Deep breathing, stretching; Listening to a favorite (worship) song, Writing in a personal journal. Try adding at least one of these activities into your day, especially if it’s a busy one.