“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40v31
Can you relate to feeling weary and worn out? Do you feel exhausted, like you have nothing left? God promises that when we trust in Him, He will restore and renew our strength. Though we will face many challenges and trials, though the road will be long and the journey hard at times He will restore our strength and enable us to run and not grow weary.
As we pray and fast we press in deeper to intimacy with God. And as we spend time waiting on God we learn He will restore our strength. It is by spending time in the presence of God that we find the strength to face all that the life brings our way. In the presence of God we receive peace to weather every storm. In the presence of God weary hearts get their hope restored.
Our strength comes not from earthly success, wealth or training and conditioning in a gym. Our strength comes from the LORD. A season of praying and fasting is an opportunity to be reminded of that. As we give up certain foods or even full meals we are acknowledging that more than we need physical nourishment we need spiritual nourishment. As we set aside time at the start of the year not for a new exercise routine but for praying and intently seeking the face of God we are acknowledging that while physical training has some value, godliness is of far greater value as it benefits us not just in this life but also in the life that is to come.
As we pray and fast, learn to rely on God as your strength. Take this opportunity to allow Him to restore your strength. Thankfully we do not have to go through life relying on our own ability and strength. If we have put our faith in Jesus we have the Holy Spirit with us, equipping us and restoring our strength. He does not give us a spirit fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (see 2 Timothy 1v7). Press in to that promise today. If you feel weak and weary ask God to restore your strength. If you are facing difficult circumstances remember you are not alone and you are not facing them merely with the strength of your flesh, but full of strength and power from the Holy Spirit.
Bring your weakness and the weariness you have from the year behind us to God today. Leave it in His hands. Ask Him to restore your strength and fill you afresh with His spirit of power, love and self-discipline.