Lent – Day 21 – Prayer for Courage And Strength
“And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
“Father, God, King and Ruler over all, We acknowledge that we are in a war here on earth, a war with sin, with evil, with lusts, greed, avarice, selfishness, arrogance, pride, with sickness, disease and poverty and all such things. But none of these are wars that we can fight or ever hope to win with flesh and blood. We are not at war with people, though so often the focus of our anger against sin is directed toward the ones who offend us.
Lord, we know You have told us that we arein a warfare nevertheless. And we need courage and strength to fight the good fight of faith in this conflict. We need courage and strength not to give into the lies of the enemy and not to direct our anger toward our brothers and sisters or even toward those who oppose the Truth, the Way and the Life, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Help us Lord to accept the reality that we will be hated by those who hate You. As servants of our Lord Jesus Christ we are in the world to be like Him. So we need courage and strength to stand for what is right, to not compromise in our love and compassion especially when it needs to be extended to the least loving and most offensive among us. They are not our enemy. There is only one with whom we must do warfare and that is Satan. But the good news is it is a fight that has already been won by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank You Father, that in Jesus we are more than conquerors. So, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, human, fleshly weapons, but they are mighty through You Father to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Through this warfare we can take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and have in reserve enough of the power and spiritual authority of Christ to quickly arrest all disobedience when we have first obeyed Your first call to believe that You ARE and that You are a Rewarder of those who diligently seek You.
Father, as we move now into the second half of this season of Lent, looking to the great celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus and His victory over death hell and the grave, we arm ourselves with the wisdom from above, with the full armor of God, with the courage You give us in knowing that in all things, and at all times, You are with us, and the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Thank You Father for the gifts of courage and strength to face each new day confident of Your love, mercy and grace, sufficient for our every need. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth we pray. AMEN”