“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 42:11).
Do you ever feel discouraged? We all do at one time or another. We live in a world that is filled with darkness and difficulty, and we are trying to bring God’s Kingdom to earth through our prayers and through our lives. Gloomy feelings can overwhelm us when we are emotionally down, but we need to realize that even the greatest of saints got discouraged. Did you know that famous preachers like Charles Spurgeon and mighty evangelists like Billy Graham got discouraged?
I heard the story that one day the devil was auctioning off his tools. They were highly priced – laziness, pride, hate, envy, and jealousy. One tool was not for sale. One person asked, “Why is that tool not for sale?” Satan whispered:
“I can’t afford to get rid of that one. It’s my chief tool – discouragement! I can pry open any heart with that tool, and once I’m inside, I can do anything I want!”
Everyone will encounter the devil’s tool of discouragement, but we can’t live in that dark place. We must learn to resist the devil and trust in God’s deliverance.
Maybe you are going through discouragement today. This live prayer can help you rise up in new hope and joy.
This is an 8-minute prayer that will help you if you feel discouraged or depressed. It is called: A Prayer for the Discouraged.
“‘Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged’ (Deuteronomy 1:21).
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)