Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prayerful Courage (Day 26)

Day 26


Prayerful Courage

Psalm 27:14

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen you heart…

The word “courage” had somewhat of an identity crisis today.  Some think of courage as the absence of fear.  Actually, courage is persevering in spite of fear.  Some of the most courageous men and women have prevailed in spite of weakness, sickness, and persecution.

After two millennia, the beautiful Jewish woman Ester is still remembered for courageously stepping forward to preserve the Jewish nation.  When alerted to Haman’s evil plan to annihilate the Jews, Esther asked her cousin Mordecai to mobilize the prayer team as she endangered her life to approach the king without his summons.  In Esther’s moment of crisis, she wisely spent three days in prayer and fasting---before making her request to the king.

If you’re experiencing a situation where you need courage to make a decision, don’t rush ahead.  The more crucial the decision or project, the more critical the groundwork.  Make preparation through prayer, asking others to support you.  It is then that God will reinforce your courage and give you strength to proceed.

Recommended Reading: Esther 4:13-17


Cowardice asks the question: “Is it safe?”

Consensus asks the question: “Is it popular?”

Courage asks the question: “Is it right?”

Rod Rogers

From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional
Turning Points