They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
Jesus told His disciples that the fields were ripe for harvest and to pray for workers. As was discussed in “Prayer and Work”, God expects us to do what we can. Prayer doesn’t excuse us from doing or trying.
But we aren’t expected to do everything in our own strength. As a matter of fact, God doesn’t want us to do everything on our own; He wants us to ask Him for help. When we work in our strength, we can quickly become boastful of what we have accomplished and forget that God is with us at all.
When we work we should ask God to give us the strength to do His will. As Nehemiah faced mockers who looked for an excuse to blaspheme God, he prayed for strength to continue the work that God had given him.
There are people in the world who would like nothing more than to watch the work of God and the people of God to fail. Satan takes delight every time we try to work within our own strength and is even more joyful every time that we take the credit for work that God strengthened us to do.
When we ask God for strength, we must remember to thank Him and give Him credit when we are finished. Without God’s help, we can do very little on our own.