Day 5 // Endurance
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:9-10).
Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France in 1980. The Tour de France is the pinnacle of competitive cycling. It is also the most grueling bicycle race in the world. What most people don’t know about Joop is that he started and finished the Tour 16 times. He finished in second place five times before finally bringing home the trophy. That is perseverance and endurance combined.
How many people lost out on the opportunity to achieve success simply because they gave up too soon? This happens in every area of life: family, education, friendships, work, ministry. Endurance is necessary.
Many pastors deal with issues that bind them and keep them from making the progress they hope to see in their community. Unseen issues are often present and have a way of showing up in health crises, false accusations, financial problems and emotional, marital and even physical challenges. Furthermore, church planters often have large families and an inadequate income.
Pray our church planters will have the endurance to continue on, to press forward and experience God’s miraculous power as they carry out the mission God has assigned them.
Dear Lord, it is easy to get tired and, in our tiredness, feel we are all alone. Seasons can go by when we feel we are making little or no difference. I pray today that our planters will be stubborn for the work you have called them to. Provide men and women to lift up your warriors’ arms in the midst of their weariness, just as Aaron and Hur lifted Moses’ arms. May our hope be the driver that inspires us all until we see you face to face. Amen.