“I am a man who has no strength” - Psalm 88:4
I’ve been a Christian for ten years. I’ve learned a lot of different things over that time period, however, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that, apart from Christ, I really do not have any strength. It is difficult for me to endure trials when I try to take them on alone. I need Christ to help me! I have access to Him through prayer and the Bible. I’ve had to train myself (and still doing so now) to “react” to trials in this way; by prayer and study of the Bible. I am a man who has no strength.
James 1:6 says, “But let him ask in Faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” I think this is the key to it all. Meaningful prayer comes by Faith in Christ. When we doubt we become volatile, unstable, and overly emotional. This does nothing for our situation and often causes more anxiety and frustration.
Consider the wave being driven and tossed about by the wind. It will eventually crash about along the shore, or a break wall. When we pray in Faith and acknowledge the source of our strength is Christ, our trials take on a whole new meaning. No trial is ever wasted.