In reading 1 Kings 19– 2 Kings 2, we are told of the faith and the human frailty of the Prophet Elijah. As I focused on his faith–he prayed for no rain for three years and his frailty–he ran away from Queen Jezebel, who threatened to kill him. Even so, he was translated without death, taken up in a fiery chariot to heaven, as witnessed by his successor, the prophet Elisha. I’ve come to realize that God is a loving, gracious, and merciful Heavenly Father.
Despite the masquerade of strength that we present to those around us, we are as naked babies before God. The Omnipotent Father God knows the depths of brokenness in our hearts. As we approach God for His divine intervention, we do not need to be ashamed of our weaknesses. There is no pretense with God. All He expects is for our prayers to reflect the honesty of our hearts. Yes, it is a humbling experience to admit that we cannot make it through life without God. Remember that God did not create us to live independently. He is Abba [Father] when we have a personal, intimate relationship with Him.
In the early church, there was a false concept that one should not suffer any physical or emotional disorders if one is genuinely a Christian believer. But Jesus revealed to the Apostle Paul that all of us have weaknesses.
Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might be part for me. And he said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, and persecution, in distress has, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul acknowledged [his and] humanity’s inherent character weaknesses and our constant need for God with humility. Jesus Christ imparts His strength and power to every believer that approaches Him in prayer. Praise God that we never have to think about God condemning or judging us when we ask for His help.
Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7, Amplified Bible
Prayer: Thank you, Abba–Heavenly Father that we can come boldly before your throne of grace for help. We need you to resolve our dilemmas and remove our cares and anxieties. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry