Praying courage and power over a tough path
Praying courage and power over a tough path. Isaiah 42 is a Messianic chapter which Jesus quotes from in New Testament. It provides an encouraging framework for anyone experiencing fatigue, discouragement, or oppression. Isaiah reminds the readers (as he talks about the Messiah), that God does not forget or hurt the broken. He remembers them and places them on a path to victory. See for yourself... pray this over someone who's struggling. Maybe yourself.
You delight in me.
You are pouring out your Spirit on me,
bringing justice to the nations through my obedience.
You won't push me down when I stumble
or break me when I feel broken.
You will not snuff me out like a smoldering candle.
Instead, you will rebuild me.
You will fan the flame in me.
You will lift me up and place my feet on solid rock.
You will set me on the mountaintops.
You have called me into right living because you are always right.
You hold my hand and walk with me.
Open my eyes that I may see what you're doing.
Open my ears that I may hear your voice.
Set me free from the prison of my own perspective
and my own selfish passions.
I will sing a new song to the Lord,
a song of rejoicing--even in crisis--
and a song of victory--even in the midst of battle.
I will sing a son of order in the midst of chaos
and affirmation in the midst of doubt.
You are my God,
and you will fight for me.
You will never leave me.
And you will pour out your wrath and justice on those who oppose you.
You will never forget the righteous,
and you will not let the guilty go unpunished.
While at the same time,
you always give the guilty time to repent.
You are incredible, and I don't understand you.
Thank you for understanding me,
and protecting me with your righteous right hand.
I worship you and trust you.
In the Messiah's holy name,
"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." (Isaiah 42:16)