Let Us Pray

Strength for the Weary (June 6, 2022)

“I am weary with my sighing…” – Psalm 6:6

For many of us, this crazy, beautiful life is full of busyness, chaos, and suffering. Add on all the responsibilities resting on our shoulders and the emotional burdens we carry for those we love, and we can begin to buckle under their weight as time goes on.

The reality that our interconnected world and the 24-hour news cycle ensures we have the opportunity to take on the burdens of countless individuals, groups, communities, and countries throughout the world.

The news headlines of the past weeks alone, are enough to make us crumble under their weight…
• Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine—with casualties numbering in the tens of thousands, millions displaced from their homes, entire cities wiped off the face of the earth, and a resulting world food shortage.
• The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that ended the lives of so many innocent victims.
• Political uproar from abortion advocates who demand the right to kill unborn children in the womb; seeking to unjustly influence the U.S. Supreme Court, interrupting church services, and even some who attack pregnancy help centers and other pro-life organizations.
• The revelation of sexual abuse and its mishandling within the Southern Baptist Convention.
• Rising gas prices, increasing inflation, and the tightening of family budgets.

All of it is too much to bear alone… but the good news is that we are not alone. Our Lord is “God with Us” and our hope is in Him.

Those of us who are weary and heavy-laden know where to turn, for God will give us rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Life is difficult, and it is natural to feel weary, but let us “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

Lord, give us rest, for we are weary and heavily burdened. Give us the strength and grace that we need for each day. May our love not grow cold, but we remain Your ambassadors to this fallen world. Grant us wisdom, discernment, and resolve as we raise up the next generations. Lord, make us more like You as we endure the hardships of this world. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.