My Grace-Full Life

6.29.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Discouragement and Languishing Souls

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Feeling discouragement can wreak havoc on the body.
It can overwhelm you and leave you exhausted…
Mentally, physically, and even spiritually drained.
It’s through seasons of discouragement that we have to remember Who is in charge.
Hundreds of years before Jesus offered to carry our heavy loads (Matthew 11:28-30), the Lord said in Jeremiah 31:25, “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
Let’s focus on the word “languishing.”
It’s a word we don’t use a whole lot, but it means “(of a person or other living thing) lose or lack vitality; grow weak or feeble.”
And the second definition means, “suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.”
I think both definitions work here.
First, when we grow weak, we need sustenance.
We need to be fed.
Not literally but spiritually.
And when our spiritual selves are filled, the mental and physical weakness tend to improve.
John 6:32-33, 35b says, “Jesus then said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’”
We have to feast on the Word regularly, especially when we’re discouraged.
Doing so helps us shift our burdens and reminds us of God’s faithfulness.
Which segues into the second definition of languishing—“suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.”
The example used is someone who “has been languishing in jail…”
Okay, clearly, that is a forced situation.
However, what about the prison of our own mind?
Is there any escape from thoughts that plague us or constantly bring us down?
Psalm 94:19 says, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
Those consolations are found in Scripture and also in moments of quiet reflection of what God has done.
That’s accomplished when we follow the advice found in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
When we choose to shift our thoughts from the negative and focus on the positive, and we make it a point to spend time in the Word, we can experience what God offered in today’s signature verse — a replenished soul.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His willingness to carry our loads.
Thank Him always being there with us, even through days when discouragement threatens to overwhelm us.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you meditate on the Word and help you look for the positive.
Ask Him to fill you with God’s truth and seek His glory and greatness.
And most of all, ask Him to remind your heart of Who is in control of every situation.

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