Do you remember the parable Jesus told of the two men who came to pray? One was extremely religious and very impressed with himself. He even thanked God in his prayer that he was not like the other man who came to pray because that man was a sinner. The prayer of the sinner was the prayer of a humble heart. We can learn much from these two and their prayers.
If I can speculate, the religious man would also have prayed something like this, “Lord, I am weak, so please strengthen me and make me strong.” Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? We sometimes pray like that.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power.” (My Utmost for His Highest)
God tells us He will be strong in our weaknesses. When we discover our weaknesses, why do we want to run from them as if they were some horrid deficiency? We often want to have our weaknesses strengthened so we can, in our sense of self-reliance, look cool and capable to all those around us.
God’s view of our weaknesses is quite different. When we discover or recognize them, that is the opportunity He has put within our lives to pray, “Lord, this is an area of weakness for me. I confess that weakness to you, I love You and trust You to be strong in this part of my life. Help me to rely on You!”
That prayer is a great deal like the prayer of the sinner in Jesus’ parable. That man knew his weakness. He knew no measure of self-reliance could overcome it. Unlike the religious man, the sinner turned to the only One who could sustain him.
These thoughts may challenge you enough. We all need to be reminded of the value of our weakness. However, if you want to take a challenge, ask the Lord to show you where you are weak. But, commit in advance to rely on Him in those areas.
Soli Deo Gloria