6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I had worked non-stop with only two hours sleep in two days. I was utterly exhausted, running on empty, wanting desperately to be an effective wife, mother and minister of the gospel. On my own, I would have been without hope of accomplishing this. Anyone who needed me would have simply gotten a shoulder shrug that meant “I got nothin.” So I asked as I waited in His presence for His strength and peace.
I asked for peace and rest, strength and endurance. Then prayed Isaiah 40:31 and waited, expectantly because He is faithful to fulfill His promises: Renew my strength in Yours so I can Run for You, in You, and not grow weary. Your word says; “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.” My hope is in You.
Realize– My revelation came in two parts. 1) It became real in my life. 2) My brain processed it as, the Holy Spirit dropped in this knowledge so my mind recognized the fulfillment of the Promise. My revelation came on the heels of that busy two days, when I awoke refreshed, after finally getting a good night’s sleep, and realized I had not become faint or weary. I remembered my prayer and recognized it was God’s strength, not mine, sustaining and energizing me. I thank God for His faithfulness!
Remember– The power to remember stirs our faith producing gratitude to God and encouragement for others. When I meet someone who’s running hard after God, doing all they can in their own strength, and is utterly exhausted on every level, I can clearly say, “Look what the Lord has done! I worked those two twelve-hour days back-to-back (with just that two-hour nap between); yet I was literally running at the end of it, completing tasks twice as fast only because of Him!”
Breakthrough– Expect it. Pray for it. Commit to disciplines.Then watch and see and you, too, will say Look What The Lord Has Done!
Last year my son Lucas, then 6, got a Star Wars calendar. He loved it! He flipped through all the character pictures but stopped at October; he got up, got some tissue paper, scissors and tape. When I came back in the room, the character was wearing a hand fashioned dress! When I commented how pretty it looked, he said “Yeah mom, she wasn’t wearing enough clothes.”
Your first reaction to this story might be to think it is simply sweet or cute. You might even say, “kudos, Mom and Dad, you’re doing something right.” But I know this is an answered prayer. You see, I have fasted and prayed for a great many things for my children, not the least of these was for my son to be wise, to be respectful, and to give honor and love in truth and boldness. So I see this simple act as a fruit of this prayer.
~ Becky Richmond