I am in a season of fasting and praying, seeking God, waiting on Him. I’ve committed to forty days and am currently at the half-way point. And I confess, it would be easy to quit.
I had expectations of what my prayer and fasting would be like. That God would somehow be more real, I would see Him more clearly and I would have a heightened sense of His presence as He directed my every waking step.
But to be honest, God has remained quiet. I haven’t heard an audible voice, haven’t experienced any great miracles (except that I’ve remained faithful in my fasting), and have received no clear direction as to what He wants me to do or where He wants me to go. In fact, this road has been littered with tragedy. The problems have seemed bigger and my God seems quieter.
It would be so easy to give up, to call it quits and throw in the towel.
But Noah kept building the ark when there wasn’t any rain. The Israelites continued to circle Jericho even though nothing had happened. Paul kept preaching The Way even though it meant imprisonment. Daniel kept praying even though he was destined for the lion’s den. Nehemiah pressed on building the wall even in the face of much opposition.
So why should I give up?
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40.1-3 (NLT)
What if Noah had given up building the ark? What if the Israelites had only circled Jericho six times? What if Paul had let fear keep him from preaching the truth? What if Daniel had given in to peer pressure? What if Nehemiah had turned tail and run back home?
They would’ve missed out! And their faith? Would’ve been small.
Instead they were able to witness the mighty power of God. And their faith? It was supersized!
What about you? Are you tempted to give up or give in? Are you wondering if God is really there? Is He listening to your heart cry? Does He really care about little insignificant you?
Have you prayed so long for the burden of your heart that you feel hopeless? “Will God ever answer my prayer?” You wonder in the emptiness of your soul.
Don’t give up. Don’t Give in. Keep pressing on. Keep praying through. Let God grow your faith.
If you throw in the towel now, you might just miss an opportunity to witness His great power!
But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvationrepeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. Psalm 40. 16-17 (NLT)
Lord, I am weak, feeble minded, poor in spirit. I want to Quit. Give up. Walk away. But You call me to trust You even when I can’t see. So I refuse to give up. Strengthen my resolve. Give me hope. Grow my faith. I look to You. Amen.