He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you. O Jacob, he who formed you., O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
Isaiah 43: 1-2a
Lord, you are our keeper and preserver. We have a promise spoken by the words of the prophet Isaiah that you are a loving God who gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. We know that our capacity for resilience emanates from you. We beseech you for strength and wisdom that we would be able to endure the liminality of our current seasons. Calm our hearts and instill strength and hope in us.
Gracious God, please revive our spirits and refresh our souls. Grant us wisdom and direct our paths as we daily rise and tend to the tasks ahead of us. Things are happening around us right now that we do not understand, and we sometimes find ourselves weak, helpless, and afraid. Yet, even amid our travail, we raise our voices to proclaim that you are the Lord! Your Truth nourishes the root of our hearts, helping us bloom in the desert. Your love revitalizes us when circumstances threaten to dehydrate our faith. So, we remain steadfast that while we may be changed by what happens to us, we will not be reduced by it because we find our identity and calling in and through you in whom we live and move and have our being. And although we may be hard-pressed on every side, we stake our claim to strength to persevere as we put our trust in you.
Lord Jesus, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace because by and with and through the presence of your Holy Spirit, we are well able to regain our sure footing. God, thank you, for we are beloved. Amen.
Written by Rev. Chris Brady. Used with permission.