Have you ever had one of those weeks where you struggled to do even the simple things? Whatever you touch seems to go wrong, you are wrung out emotionally and physically and you just can’t seem to accomplish anything?

You aren’t alone. I’ve been riding the struggle bus too, and I’m looking to hop off at the next stop. Since we’re on this bus together, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the frustration that builds when things just keep going wrong. Taken individually, they aren’t a big deal. A mistake in editing here. An appointment written down incorrectly there. Forgetting something at the grocery store. Losing your patience with a friend. And the snowball builds to an infuriating crescendo.

And finally, at the point where you’re ready to give up you remember … Did I pray about anything this week? Did I ask for the Father’s help at work, home, school, or in that relationship?

I don’t know about you, but I have to admit that my answer is no. I just read my daily devotional, maybe said a quick “thank you for this day” prayer, rolled out of bed, and went about my day as if I could do anything on my own.

Friend, I can do nothing in my own strength or wisdom. But I can do all things through Christ who gives me both strength and wisdom.

So, before I hop off this struggle bus, let me take a moment to give you a hug, remind you that in Christ no weapon formed against you will prosper, and offer this prayer.

Father, we are so thankful for who you are. You are the Author and Creator of all things. You hold each day, each moment, in your hands. If these struggles are of our own doing, then please forgive us and lead us back into your will. If these trials are attacks from the enemy, then send him packing and place the shield of faith around us so his arrows are extinguished. And if these storms are from You, then teach us what you will and thank for pruning us in your infinite wisdom and grace. Let Your name be glorified in all the earth.

We ask You to hold us close through whatever struggles we face and bring us healing, hope, and comfort through it all. Lord, we can do nothing without You. Walk with us every moment of every day.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Verse References:

John:15:1-5, Philippians 4:13, Ephesians 6:16