8 Scriptures to Pray When You are Weary
I don't know about you, but I am tired. Not the "I need a nap tired", but the kind of tired that leaves you feeling exhausted in almost every area of your life. What I am experiencing is a season of weariness.
Perhaps it is the doldrums of winter. Where I live in Northeast Ohio, we are blanketed with snow, it is cloudy at least five out of the seven days of the week, and there is a general feeling of restlessness. I long to be outside, to open the windows and allow the warm breezes of spring to waft through every stuffy room in the house. All around me I see barren trees, lifeless grass, and the brown remains of last years flowers.
It would seem that all of creation is feeling the weariness as well.
I am reading my bible, I am praying, attending church every Sunday, participating in a bible study, writing devotionals and blogs; I am doing all that I should be doing to keep my spiritual well- being afloat, but somehow I still feel as if I am an anchor-less boat in the middle of the sea, with no wind in my sails.
One of the side effects of winter, is that everything is dry; my skin is dry, my nails are dry and brittle, my hair is dry, my lips are dry and cracking. While my body is feeling dry, my spirit is feeling dry as well. In John 7:37, we are told, "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.'"
What do we do when we are thirsty? We go to the fountain of living water—we go to Jesus and we drink the words of life that can only be found in the Bible.
One of the surest ways I have found to help me climb out of any miry pit that I may fall into, is to go the Word of God. I am convinced that every question I have—the bible has the answer. Any pain that I feeling—the bible is the cure. Any brokenness I am experiencing—the bible will make me whole. Any time that I am spiritually dehydrated—the bible will quench my thirst.
I have searched the scriptures and found many verses that have encouraged me as I have been walking down the path of weariness. I often think that if I am going through something, the chances are pretty good that someone else is going through it as well. I want to share with you some scriptures that I have been reading and praying to help me overcome this season of spiritual dryness and weariness.
1. Psalm 55:22: "Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."
2. Psalm 73:26: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
3. Psalm 105:4: "Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!"
4. Psalm 121:1-3: "I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber."
5. Isaiah 40: 28-31: "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
6. Habakkuk 3:18-19: "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places."
7.Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
8. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9: "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed."
If you are in a season of weariness, pray this scriptures that come from your Father back to your Father. I am praying them everyday. I know that God will not leave me or forsake me. He will not leave me in this season of weariness forever. He will quench me with his love, and He will bring what is tired and weary back to life again. It may be winter now, but a new season is coming!
Be blessed as you search and pray His Word,
Susie O'Neal is the founder of Between the Gardens Ministry, LLC. Between the Gardens is an online evangelistic ministry that seeks to encourage believers with the truth of who God is and who they are in Him.
She is the author of the upcoming devotional, "Abundant Rain."
Her heart is dedicated to helping believers seek the truth that is found in God's Holy Word.
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All scripture references are from the English Standard Version