A Prayer for Strength
By Emma Danzey
Exodus 15:2 says, “The LORD is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
There are seasons and even just small moments in all of our lives when we need strength from the Almighty God. We are all dust, we are all human, we are sinful, and we are in a broken world. There are days when we feel worn out, pressed from every side, overbooked, or burnt out. In these times, we can cry out to the Lord our strength. There are also moments when we are serving the Lord faithfully and do not know how He is going to show up in the midst of the busyness and in our inadequacies. However, He is ever faithful to provide all that we need in Him to accomplish His kingdom work even when we feel weak.
Exodus 15:2 reminds us that the Lord is the one who is our strength and defense. He is our salvation. We have full hope in Him because of His work on the cross and conquering of death and the grave for our sins. We have reason to celebrate and praise Him today and always because He has redeemed us, and we are His. Let’s ask for His strength today.
We praise you that You are not confined by this world. We are so thankful that You never grow tired or weary, that You never need sleep, and that You never miss a moment. You are sovereign and holy and worthy of being praised. We acknowledge that we are weak and we are imperfect. We need You to be our rock today. We ask that You would help us to have stability even if our circumstances are swirling around us.
Father, we pray that You would meet us where we are at. We thank You that You care for all of our needs, big and small. Please remind us that You are working behind the scenes even when we cannot see the results. Jesus, fill us up so that we can have the Spiritual strength to serve and point others to You today. Help us to love well and to make an impact on those around us not by our own efforts but by Your Holy Spirit. Remind us that regardless if we have physical or emotional ailments that limit our strength, that we have a spiritual strength that can ever grow even if our bodies are weakened. Grow our spiritual strength in You by Your Spirit and through Your Word. Show up powerfully.
God, we pray for loved ones who are feeling weak and who You care for and see. We ask that You would help us to have the strength to love them well. Help us to speak words of life in them that would encourage them in their struggles. Lord, sometimes our greatest need is for You to be our strength when loved ones are weak. Please remind us that they are in Your capable hands and that You care for them. Show them how much You provide for them in each moment.
Lord, You say in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” As we remember You as our Strength today, help us to ponder this in our hearts. We ask that You would do what You say You will and renew us. When we feel we are at our end, when we are weary, tired, or heavily burdened, give us renewal in You. Strength us to new heights that only You can. We praise You in advance for the ways that You give to us all that we need each day. Give us the vision to see from Your perspective that You are working everything out in Your way and in Your time. Even when life feels hard or taxing, remind us of Your grace on the journey and that You are always by our sides. Amen.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com
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