This is the audio from the May 19, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about overcoming despair or feelings of being “downcast”. I found it interesting that a word search of the NIV found few uses of the word despair, but plenty of examples of people who, in their despair, cried out to God. Often they are described as being “downcast”, which I believe is an accurate term in describing despair. Whatever the cause of our despair, God wants us to overcome it through His presence and the power of His Spirit within us. This week we will consider some Bible characters who were feeling downcast and learn from their situations some keys in overcoming despair.
“He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’”
Luke 24:17, 32 (NIV)
As you pray, consider God’s desire for you to overcome feelings of being downcast. Pray that your despair would lead you to a closer walk with Jesus. Pray that God’s Word would burn within you as you examine it during times of despair.
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