The other evening while engaged in the theme of teaching about prayer it became apparent that some were having trouble with feeling unworthy to pray. It was pointed out that such feelings are set up by Satan who is the accuser of God’s people. Satan is always counter to God.
Many admitted that they often “feel lower than a snake’s belly.”
Feelings can be affected by more than Satanic influence. Allergies, too much/too little food or drink. Snide remarks can cause feelings such as, “I’m not worthy enough to be around this group.” Often a mate can use this sort of power against the other.
We were encouraged by this statement from Michael Youssef:
"Nothing is hidden from God's view. Someone in your life may treat you as worthless, but in God's sight you are worth more than rubies and sapphires."
When you have feelings of being rejected, downtrodden, useless, keep the teachings of Jesus in the front of your mind and cling to them. His most famous invitation is to people who recognize these kinds of feeling, and He makes this offer:
Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NKJV).
Millions walk about with head hanging low, shoulders slumping, admitting; “I am no longer of value.” “I’m not as young as I used to be.” I no longer can meet the needs of my spouse.”
You may put your pain in this line of thought. God can and will use scripture to lift your spirits by reminding you of His unconditional love for you. Paul tells that while we were weak, Christ loved us in our weakness and will give His strength to us. Romans 5:8. At a low ebb in his life, David wrote:
Psalm 3:3 “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”
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