A Prayer for When You Feel Insufficient
By Jennifer Slattery
"Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone." - Deuteronomy 34:7
If you’re familiar with the Old Testament, you may know a bit about Moses, the Egyptian prince turned fugitive God called to liberate His people from 400 years of slavery and oppression. Through him, God wanted to change more than their physical location and situation. He wanted to bring them soul-deep freedom by drawing them into an intimate relationship with Himself, to bless them through that relationship by settling them in the agriculturally rich Promised Land, and then to use that relationship to reveal His nature, heart, and truth to the world.
The people had witnessed numerous awe-inspiring, miraculous displays of God’s power, provision, protection, and presence, including a series of plagues, the parting of a body of water, and a fire that blazed above the people each night. Yet, despite all this, the former slaves refused to entrust their lives and destinies to their loving Creator. Because of this, instead of entering the land of rest as God had planned, they spent 40 years wandering through the wilderness. This means that Moses, who was already 80 by the time he received his divine assignment, led them for another four decades! Well past his prime—according to human logic. But God doesn’t operate according to our understanding, nor, as Moses’ story illustrates, is He limited by our limitations. To phrase it another way, there is nothing God cannot do through a person whose heart is fully devoted to and dependent on Him.
Has God called you to something that feels daunting? Do your current circumstances feel overwhelming and leave you doubting your ability to thrive? Maybe your mind replays all the reasons you can’t overcome whatever challenges stand before you. But the same God that watched over, guided, and empowered Moses for every step of his journey watches over, guides, and empowers you as well.
Holy Father, You are a loving, faithful, all-powerful, unchanging God. You are constantly working on our behalf, leading us to Your very best, toward a thriving, Spirit-filled life of ever-increasing intimacy with You, dependence upon You, and supernatural effectiveness through You. While we know from John 15 that we cannot do anything of eternal significance apart from You, we believe Jesus’ promise that we can do all things through our connection with You. Keep us close and increase our desire for You. Remove everything within us that hinders our growth, freedom, calling, and our relationship with You.
When we feel frightened and overwhelmed, remind us of all the ways You led Moses, as he led your people, for forty long years through the wilderness. Remind us of how You made sure their clothes never wore out, their feet never swelled, and they remained well-nourished. You did those things, not because they deserved Your care, and certainly not because they earned it, but because of Your perfect love and faithfulness. Just as You care for us, not because of anything we’ve done, but because of who You are. Help us to trust You more, and may You use our limitations to reveal Your power and strength.
In Jesus’ Name, we pray, amen.
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Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who hosts the Faith Over Fear podcast. She’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of Building a Family and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she’s passionate about helping women experience Christ’s freedom in all areas of their lives. Visit her online to learn more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE and make sure to connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
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Originally published Monday, 13 November 2023.