“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 (New King James Version).
One of the biggest challenges of being a believer is that we are still living in a fallen world where our weaknesses and shortcomings are very evident to us as we come into God's perfect presence to worship and pray. However, we must remember that the Holy Spirit is right there to help us in our moments of weakness! It is so easy to give in to the temptation to buckle under the weight of the condemnation we feel from the enemy, who is known as the accuser of the brethren. There will always be strong opposition to our mission of coming to God with our prayers on a regular basis, and we do well to remember the words of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians:
“Each time he said, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.' So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT
May you gain strength from the fact that, even when we are weak, feeling overwhelmed by trials, tribulations, and limping from the searing condemnation of our enemy, we can always come into God's loving presence. We can come before His throne with the assurance of His acceptance, power, and grace. He will not turn away from us, but He will embrace us with His love.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James 4:8 NLT.
Remember this: You can lean on God's strength with all your weaknesses!
- Have you ever felt like you are just too bad of a person to come to God in prayer?
- Remember that condemnation is a weapon in the hands of our enemy, who will do anything to keep us isolated from God.
- Have you ever felt weak in your walk with God? Know that very weakness is an excellent opportunity to approach God for help. Water springs up in the desert by breaking through the weakest spot in the earth's crust above it. In a similar way, God wants to spring up like a fountain through your place of weakness to water your desert moments.
- Take a moment to thank God for your weaknesses and your utter dependence on Him. Then ask Him to work with His power in your weakness!
- God is ready to receive you wherever and whenever you call upon Him. He will welcome you even when you feel weak and condemned!
- Please don't stop praying.
Excerpted from Go Vertical by Iann Schonken: