Like you, I’ve had times when I needed courage for big problems that delivered big fears.
There was the time our first grandson spent months in the NICU. And the one when Rev was sick for over a year with constrictive pericarditis.
There have also been losses that changed everything and caused persistent grief.
But today, I want to focus on normal average routine days . . . days when we can’t pinpoint the problem but we know we feel anxious and restless.
The days we identify as “hard.” The ones that start with clenched jaws and unexplained apprehension. Those that give us the desire to stay in bed and avoid the challenges and confrontations ahead.
Days that require courage.
I have to admit I sometimes find it hardest to live with courage on those days. It sometimes feels hardest to do the same old relentless routine of annoyances. And maybe the enemy of our souls wants it that way as he works nonstop to keep us stressed out, tired, angry, and ready to give up.
I have to admit it can be the daily challenges that are just so . . . daily! Those are the things that can wear me down little by little.
No, it’s not just the days with big problems that you and I need God’s help and hope . . . we need Him every day.
So, I’m inviting us to stop right now and hear Him say:
“You can do this. I am with you.”
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
That’s wherever we go and whatever we do. Not just when the problem is huge but every moment of every day.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where You are? If I go up to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me.Psalm 139:7–10 (NLV)
God is with us. He is willing and able to give us His strength so we can have the courage we need to boldly live our normal average everyday lives.
So, let’s join David and pray…
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.Psalm 16:8–9
A Prayer to Have God’s Strength
to Live with Courage
Father, You told Your children that You were faithful, that You would go with them, that You would never leave them alone (Deuteronomy 31:6). You promised to give them strength, help, and to hold them with Your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Your Word promises that You will give me the strength I need for whatever You allow (Philippians 4:13). Because Jesus has promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20). And You promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
I can get up and do today knowing You are with me. And I trust that I can get up and do tomorrow and the next day too.
There may be hard days when fear is real but I believe that You will give me the strength I need to live with faith and courage. And that is courage . . . it’s not living without fear it is having the strength to keep going. And that kind of strength is found in Your presence.
Please help me keep my heart and mind focused on you. Forgive me for listening to lies that tell me I can be strong on my own. I can’t. I need you. You are my King. You are my Lord. You are grace and mercy. You are love. You are my courage and strength today. Thanks and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Good News
The courage we need is always available.
It is found in:
- God’s Perfect Unfailing Love
- God’s Presence
- God’s Promises
Do you need courage today?
Run to the Lord.
The enemy wants us to believe we can do it alone . . . that we can be self-sufficient, self-focused, self-absorbed, and selfish. But the truth is God has wired us to need Him—to love Him. We will never experience true courage for daily living until we find it in Him.
But the Lord is faithful! He will help us live with courage one day at a time.
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