Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

The Weak are Made Strong

God gives us strength.

Hello friend!

I’ve got fun news to share! I’ve started writing a new book. I’ll be mentioning more about it in the weeks to come. Until then, would you pray with me about it. Pray for God to impart the wisdom He wants me to share. I also need His wisdom on navigating all the details of self-publishing. Thank you for making this journey with me and for your prayers.

Do you feel strong today? Are you tired of feeling weak, maybe even stuck in a cycle of having the energy and drive to make progress only to experience another setback?

This cycle can be so discouraging! It can lead to hopelessness, despair and sometimes even self-destructive behavior.

Most of my life I have experienced some sort of nagging physical illnesses. You know the frustrating kind that seem to have no cause or explanation. At times I’ve been overmedicated for depression and anxiety because one medication causes symptoms that are supposedly fixed by others. I’ve had allergy, digestion and hormone problems that have sometimes improved with treatment, but never disappeared. I’ve battled fibromyalgia. I’ve been called fragile and a hypochondriac. My conversations have been about what was wrong with me. My personal identity became one of weakness.

I caught a nasty virus a few days before Christmas. I missed all the festivities and just as I began to rally a bit, I relapsed. As I prepared to go to the doctor for shots, I prayed asking the Lord to help me think in an orderly fashion. This has been an ongoing problem for me as well. I felt the Lord respond, “You need Law and Order.” I wasn’t sure what it meant but I said “Yes, Lord! I want Your Law and Order.

Later that day, God showed me that breakthrough was coming. Meanwhile my friends were praying for me to be well. One of them asked the Lord what was specifically attacking my health. The answer was a specific spirit whose job is to make you weak and steal your ability to keep your vows to God.

As I pondered what that meant, I realized the Lord had been highlighting Bible verses that reveal Him as the One who gives strength. This was my breakthrough! My identity suddenly became “the one who relies on God for strength.” I started studying and praying the Bible verses that mention God giving strength. I can’t describe to you the hope I began to experience. I knew that God was calling me to press in. I wasn’t to pray about this once. I had to renew my mind so that my foundational thinking was completely transformed. I had to swing my sword by praying His Word.

Here are a few of the verses and excerpts of the prayers I began to speak out loud to the Lord.

Psalm 18:39 – You have armed me with strength for the battle. You have subdued my enemies under my feet.
Thank You Lord! You arm me with strength for this battle for my health, my stamina, my forward motion in accomplishing the work and reaching my destiny. You arm me with strength to believe, to pray, to humbly rely on You. 
You have subdued the enemy of my health and destiny. You have put them under my feet. You cause me to trample on serpents and scorpions. You strengthen me to soar fearlessly. 
Job 4:4 – Your words have supported those who stumbled; You have strengthened the faltering knees.
Thank You, Lord, for sending Your word to save and deliver me from destruction (Psalm 107:20)! Thank You for words of knowledge, Your WORD delivered to me. You strengthen me by Your Word to stand firm.
Psalm 18:32 – It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Lord, I invite You to arm my immune system with Your strength. I ask You to be a shield for my body – strong against every ploy the enemy has used in the past to to weaken my body. I say NO to allergies in the name and authority of Jesus Christ who has made my body His temple. Send Your healing angels to repair the breach, Lord. Fortify me against every allergy. Strengthen every part of my body to resist allergic reactions to things You designed for me to enjoy. 
This one has resonated in my spirit the most:
Isaiah 52:1 – Wake up, wake up, O Zion! Clothe yourself with strength. Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem, for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
Lord,  awaken me from my spiritual sleep. Open my eyes to see the truth about You and Your covenant with me. Clothe me with Your strength. Make me strong in my faith, in my obedience to You and my reliance on You. I believe You have made me holy and no unclean spirit has authority over my being.
There are MANY more Scriptures about God’s gift of strength. Check your commentary and also explore this link.
During this process, the Holy Spirit has also been prompting me to pray for clean hands and a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10). I’ve asked God to sew my heart to His own. This prayer is also being answered and the answer intersects profoundly with my request to be made strong in the Lord. I’m confessing it to you out of obedience and trusting that confessing our sins to each other opens the door for healing.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16
God has begun to reveal an area of pride in my life that has left me vulnerable to the enemy’s schemes. This pride made me asleep to my need to pray about certain things, especially protection from evil forces. On some level and in certain situations, I felt immune. While my head has been able to teach the truth about prayer, my heart has not always been engaged. I have prayed about many things for myself and many people and I believe God heard those prayers. But strongholds have prevented me from seeing other areas. They were hidden.
He is arming me with strength against the enemy by exposing the lies I have believed about Him and about myself.
Praying about pride is not new for me. I’ve battled it and been set free from it in many areas. This one still lurked in the shadows. But by God’s grace, I am becoming awake to it now. I believe this is a foundational issue that will help me in my pursuit of the strength I’ve been lacking. There are several other things all related to the topic of humility that the Lord is showing me. I’ll save the others for later or this post will be more like a book chapter.
What about you? Could there be an underlying issue, a wrong thought pattern, or a spiritual stupor that is causing you to be vulnerable to the one who determined to steal, kill and destroy your life or the experience of the life of Christ in you? I believe God delights to reveal the truth to us so that we can be safe under the shelter of His wings (under His authority). Ask Him what is at the root of your ongoing area of weakness. Ask for the wisdom and revelation you need and the strength to believe it.
The lady with the issue of blood did not accept her physical weakness as her destiny or identity (Mark 5:25-29). She did not accept the cultural demand that she, a woman considered unclean, should stay isolated. She pressed into a crowd where she was not welcome because she wanted something different. She touched the garment of the One who is our Way, our Truth, our Life. She reached out to the One who gives us a rich and satisfying life.
With our prayers, we touch the One who can make the weak strong. Twitter When we boast about our weaknesses to Him, He promises that His strength will come and rest on us or work through us there. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I bet you’ve already seen it happen in your life. I have and I’m expectantly waiting for it in this area and others. I hope you are too.
This sermon by John Piper gives us more insight on 2 Corinthians 12:9-11. It was very helpful to me.
This is one of the books I am reading to understand more about the evil schemes to steal our strength and our God-given purposes.
May God bless you with the energy to pursue the truth about your own weaknesses. Your situation may be very different than mine. I only share mine with you to reveal God as the One who answers our prayers and delights to deliver us from evil. I believe He is willing and able to do the same for you.
May our faith and our ability to hear His voice increase exponentially.

*links to books within this post are affiliate links meaning I may make a few pennies if you purchase the book.

 

 

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • Excited for you, Jennifer, and love what God is revealing in your life. He has been working double-time on my heart to get me to a better place of identity, so I loved reading this sacred echo of His work in a fellow sister’s heart. Excited to hear what your new book will be about as well. Love you.