Nothing distorts reality and Christian joy more than discouragement. Discouragement can paralyze a Christian with fear, isolation, criticism, tiredness, and fruitlessness. When it strikes reason disappears, in its place comes distorted perception.
Nothing grips the heart more than misery. And discouragement can be a crippling disease if we do not know how to respond to it. Satan’s most effective tool against the followers of Christ is not always outright sin, in many cases it’s just plain old simple discouragement.
In many cases, this can lead to many sins; or at best incapacitate a believer to be unproductive, resentful toward others, and angry at God and man.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.5 The Lord is you keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.7The Lord shall preserve you from all evil He shall preserve your soul.8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore (NKJV).
One of the problems we face today is our inability to express our need for help. It is almost as though we are afraid to ask for help because it might show us to be weak in some way.
One of the finest things we can do for each other is show them that our strength does not come from ourselves, but that it comes from God, and our children need to learn that they should never be afraid of God’s help in their lives.
Too many times we fail to run to God for help and as a result, others fail to see this important example. It is not weakness to admit that we need help, and especially in these difficult economic times. Let’s go to the Lord as a church family asking for His help individually and corporately.
• Pray for those who have lost jobs and income.
• Pray for the recovery of jobs.
• Pray for good news to come to God’s people.
• Pray for families in crisis brought about by the coronavirus.
• Pray for emotional and relational healing for families. In the midst of the quarantine the evil one has been very busy. Alcohol sales and the use of pornography have exploded.
• Pray for counselors and law enforcement who are responding to more domestic calls.
• Pray for there to be a season of spiritual birth and revival for families all around the globe.