I hope you, my friend, know that you don’t need to earn your salvation. You receive it as a gift when you believe in Jesus. Grace is enough. You are enough. Why do we then talk so much about tending our faith or growing in our faith? We are called to live with God and a lot of it happens via spiritual exercises. But what if we are for one reason or another so weary that we can’t even think of any spiritual exercises? What then? Then it’s time to receive grace for weary.
It’s time to remember that grace is enough. You are enough. God does not demand you to perform, he invites you to rest in his arms. I think breathing is prayer, then God’s name is on our lips (Y-H-W-H). Breathing is enough. God is with you.
Also, mini prayers work very well as emergency prayers. For example, “Lord, have mercy”, “Come, Lord Jesus” or “Help me, Jesus”. God knows your situation better than you do. God even hears your sighs, it is enough. He is already with you.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
(Isaiah. 40:29, NIV)
Even crying can be prayer. God hears and helps. We can ask for love and Jesus itself arrives in the midst of us. When we beg for a miracle, Jesus himself will be the way. And when we ask for strength, Jesus becomes that in our weakness.
You can also carry a cross or another small symbol that you can grasp when you need help. Also, you can collect empowering Bible verses and put them in a box/cell phone or on your fridge where it is easy to read them once in a while. Christian music helps many. Also, lighting a candle can remind us of the presence of the Light of the world or it can be used as prayer.
Grace for weary
The most important habit to live out your faith is to connect our spirit to God’s Spirit. Then we are bound to the eternal flow of Life, which freshens us when we need it. It empowers when we need it. And it cleanses us when we need cleansing. It gives us rest when we need it. It’s grace for weary.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew. 11:28, NLT)
God does not send weary away. Instead, he invites us to rest in his arms and we can stay there as long as we need. If resting in his arms is all you can do, know that you are in good hands.
Practicing faith is not supposed to become a burden or a performance. Instead, it aims for spiritual wellbeing. Jesus loves you and wants to bless you, that’s what faith is all about. So that the power of the cross would become our power for living. Alone we don’t manage but with grace we do. And there’s plenty of grace. So we can boldly ask for it and use it. Because it will never run out.
Thank you faith is not performance.
Instead, we can come to you as we are.
Bless us according to our specific needs.
Thank you for being strong in our weaknesses.
Strengthen, renew, refresh, lift, carry, guide us.
Do your miracles in our lives, Lord.
Let us feel your presence
especially when we are at the end of our ropes.
Give us as much grace as we need and
Encourage us to base our lives on it.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What are you best low-key spiritual practices?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God whatever way you are able to. And when you are too weary to do anything but breath, know that God is with you.