A highlight from The Lord Makes Us Strong (1 Chronicles 19:13)
19 verse 13. Be strong and let us use our strength for our people, and for the cities of our God. And May the lord do what seems good to him. There's so much to learn in this little verse, specifically about how to pray, motives and are praying. So in this passage in first chronicles 19, joab is working hard to arrange the armies for war, and he's doing so wisely, but he's also doing so knowing that everything is ultimately in God's hands. And he's encouraging the people to be strong, but listen to the purpose for being strong be strong and let us use our strength for our people, and for the cities of our God, oftentimes we ask for strength really just focused on ourselves. We feel weak and we need strength simply for us and yes, there's a sense in which it's good to go before God our father to ask for strength simply for our own good, but what I love about first chronicles chapter 19 verse 13 is the exhortation to be strong here is attached to using that strength for the sake of others. God help me to be strong so that I can be a blessing to others so that I could be an encouragement to others. So I can use the strength you provide for others good and ultimately for your glory trusting that you will do ultimately what seems good to you. So let's pray accordingly. First chronicles 1913, what a good exhortation to us to pray for strength, not just for our own sake. But for the sake of others, God we confess today, our weakness before you. John 15 5 is in so many ways the foundation for our praying apart from you, we can do nothing. We are power, less hope, less, without you, apart from you, we need your strength, and we know that we can do Philip's four 13 all things through Christ who strengthens us as we rely on your strength in us. You will give us we know everything we need. To do all that you call us to do. And so God we pray today as weak people for your strength in every way we need it. I imagine there's a lot of people praying this right now who feel really weak and who are struggling in different ways and need your strength, got even for those who are not feeling weak you remind us of our weakness that we might look to you for our strength and that as you provide it as you give us strength as you give us courage as you give us wisdom as you give us everything we need that you would use all these things. Namely, the strength you provide for the good of others. God make us strong so that we can serve others well. Make a strong replay so that we can be a blessing to others. Make us strong so that we can be a reflection of your love and your provision and others lives. Make a strong for the sake of our families. Make us strong for the sake of our friends and neighbors and coworkers make a strong for the sake of our churches, make our churches strong, we pray for the sake of people around us who need the gospel, make our churches strong, we pray for the sake of the nations, even as we pray today for the cheaper people of India. This people group that is both seek and Hindu and Muslim in a very unusual way, but none of them out of hundreds of thousands of them know the good news of your love in Jesus. God we pray that you would make your church strong. Our lives and family strong, so that we might go to the nations in need of the gospel God help us to be strong today for the good of others and ultimately for the glory of your name trusting that you the wise sovereign all powerful lord will do what seems good to you. We trust in you, oh God. Oh God, we pray all these things in Jesus name according to first chronicles 19 verse 13. Amen.