Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, That the everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; And to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall †renew their strength; shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint.                                                                                      Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV

 

As he drove himself to the emergency room, he could feel anxiety pressing upon him, as tangible as if a 100-pound weight had been placed upon his chest. The fact he was having difficulty breathing was bad enough, and the rising level of anxiety was making things even worse. He tried to pray, but then fear came upon him in waves, making it impossible to even think.

He knew he had it. He had all the symptoms of COVID-19, the high fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and muscle pain. He had hoped it was simply the flu—prayed it was the flu, but now, too many days had gone by without any relief. A tele-call to his doctor’s office had confirmed his worst fears. They told him to head to the hospital; gave him the specific door he was supposed to use. Would he make it through? He would be going in, probably hospitalized. Would he come out?

And now the anxiety and the fear had teamed up together, filled up the car. He barked out a laugh. The only thing preventing him from hyperventilating was the fact it was so hard to breathe! Just as quickly as the laughter had come, it left, and he choked back a sob. He couldn’t even pray. Couldn’t pray because the fear and the dread seemed to be choking out his thoughts, making it impossible to focus.

He wanted to pray, but he couldn’t. All the scriptures he’d memorized, all the sermons he’d heard, and now, when he needed the word the most, nothing was coming to him. Unable to hold them back, he felt hot tears rolling down his face.  

Suddenly, from somewhere deep in the recesses of his mind, a memory floated up. He was seven years old, and Mother Flora, the Church Mother and his Sunday School teacher, was wrapping up a lesson about Samson. “And just like Samson called on the Lord, you can, too,” she’d asserted to the class. “I don’t care what happens in your life, always remember ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved!’ Anytime of the day or night, no matter what situation you find yourself in, do like Samson did, and call on the name of the Lord. Call on Jesus—He will answer prayer!”

The sound of Mother Flora’s voice from all those years ago gave him the breakthrough he needed. “Call on Jesus!” she’d said. “He will answer prayer!” Fear and anxiety left, their hold on him broken.

“Lord, save me!” he gasped. “Lord, save me!”

And just like that, his heavenly prayer language came as well. Yes, he was gasping, yet he “felt his help coming.” The Holy Spirit prayed through him with words he couldn’t even utter (Romans 8:26-27).

He was not alone—the Lord was with Him. The Lord, the same Lord who had promised to never leave or forsake him (Hebrews 13:5). The Lord, who stated in no uncertain terms He would be with his people always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). The Lord, who had driven out the anxiety and fear, replacing it with confidence and assurance. The Lord, who was with him and would stay with him no matter what he faced and no matter what the outcome.

Whatever you’re facing right now, hold fast to the knowledge you are not alone. The Lord is with you, and He’s not going anywhere. God has made specific, irrevocable promises, and He has magnified His word even above His name (Psalm 138:2).

Know that I, along with the members of the Primary Purpose Ministry Team, stand with you in prayer, and we’re standing in the gap for you, interceding to God on your behalf. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). If you feel yourself getting weary, take heart! He gives power to the faint. Be Blessed.