GOD GIVES NEW STRENGTHEvangeline Paul Dhinakaran

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength    (Isaiah 40:31)

The Dhinakarans Dearly beloved,

When we wait on the Lord, we will receive new strength.

In the Bible, we read about a woman called Hannah. Since she had no child, she waited in the presence of the Lord and asked for a son. As she dedicated him for the Lord saying, “I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (I Samuel 1:28) and poured out her heart in His presence, He blessed her with a son. She named him ‘Samuel’ and dedicated him for God.

When Hannah was barren, she faced humiliation. Hence she felt very helpless. But now that the Lord had answered her prayer, her disgrace was turned into honour. The Lord exalted her and strengthened her to stand tall before her rival. Hence she sang joyously, "The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength’ (I Samuel 2:4).

When you too ask the Lord for blessings, He will never reject your requests. He will answer your prayers and enable you to sing His praises joyously.

Samuel grew up to be a prophet. The Lord was with him as he grew up and He let none of his prophecies to fail (I Samuel 3:19); they were all fulfilled. He was a true prophet and judge over the people of Israel all through his life time.

Similarly, when our son Samuel Paul Dhinakaran was born, we too dedicated him to the Lord. We were wondering what name to choose when the hospital staff asked us his name for issuing his birth certificate. Finally, when we were all gathered in the room where I was, my husband said, “The Lord has given us a boy child. So let us dedicate him to the Lord to do His ministry.” Then all of us closed our eyes and began to pray in the Spirit. After the prayer, my husband said, “We have dedicated this child for the Lord and have prayed for him. So let us name him ‘Samuel.’ Let him grow up to be a prophet like Samuel. Let him talk to the Lord from his small age.”

Just as we dedicated him, the Lord bestowed the talent of singing upon him. He gave an individual performance for the first time in National Doordarshan when he was just four years old. All of us were thrilled. Since his childhood, the Lord speaks to him whenever he reads the Bible. I am amazed whenever he comes and tells me, “The Lord spoke to me through this word.” Yes, we have dedicated all our three children for the Lord and that is why He is mightily using them in His ministry.

Dear ones, the Lord has great plans for your children. He wants to bless them and prosper them.

Yes, when we dedicate our children for the Lord and pray, they will be used mightily by the Lord. He will rule over them in such a way that His plans will be fulfilled mightily. He will give us the full reward when we wait upon Him and pray. You who wait upon the Lord shall receive new strength.

The Bible says, “…Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). When you trust in the Lord, you will not be put to shame. You will receive His strength and He will lift you up before everyone and turn your disgrace into honour as per Psalm 23:5,6.

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

I pray with tears for Your mercy. I place my faith in You and humbly wait for Your answer. Please have mercy on me and answer my prayer. Strengthen me and lift me up in the very place where I suffered disgrace.

In Your matchless name I pray,

Amen.
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