Matthew 26:41, NLT
“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
1 Samuel 30:6, AMP
“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
In the days that we are in, men’s heart are quickly failing them even in the church. The man whose heart does not fail and will not fail is the man who has his anchor in Christ. The day of evil or crisis or adversity shall come, yet your response to that situation will be determined by the preparations you have already made before it came.
David and his men had joined the Philistine camp to escape from Saul, but there came a time when they were let go because the Philistine lords were afraid David will turn against them when they go to battle with Israel. Already feeling rejected, the men returned to their camps to find out their wives, children’s and belonging had been carried away by the Amelekites.
Brethren, even in the midst of Israel’s enemies David was a faithful man such that it was said of Him in 1 Samuel 29:9 NLT that, “As far as I’m concerned, you’re as perfect as an angel of God. But the Philistine commanders are afraid to have you with them in the battle.” Even though he didn’t do anything to be rejected, he was. Brethren sometimes you will face rejection even when you have done all things right. If you have not strengthened yourself in the Lord through prayer, it will be very easy for that rejection to cause you to feel depression.
To make things worse, all he had was also taken away from him and his men. Grown men cried until their strength failed them. But the Bible said David encouraged himself in the Lord. Brethren don’t wait for the battle to come before you say you will pray or read the word, because on that day your strength might fail you. Yet, if you have built yourself up in prayer and in the Word, even when men faint you will strengthen yourself in the Lord and also strengthen them. When you have shared intimacy with the Lord in prayer and men say there is a casting down, you will say there is a lifting up.
That is what David did when all looked bleak, even at the point where his own men wanted to stone him. Can you in the midst of rejection, loss and opposition strengthen yourself in the Lord? It only comes by preparing ahead for such times with prayer and the Word of God.