But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  – (2 Corinthians 12:9)

During one of our trips to Pakistan, we were faced with so many difficulties.  Threats, government sanctions, you name it.  When I stood up on that platform to preach the first night, over 100,000 people were there to hear the Word, but I remember I felt so weak.  I cried out, “Lord, we’ve been battling all these things!  What if someone shoots me?  What if there aren’t any miracles?” The Lord said to me, “It’s not your name that does it.  It’s My name!” And we had the best meetings we’d ever had in Pakistan in those three days in Karachi, the most dangerous city in the world, because we went in the power of His name.

In 1 Kings 19, we read about a time when the prophet Elijah cries out to God, “I’ve had enough!  Take my life!” He’s exhausted, and I have found that when you get really, really tired, you can get depressed, because you tend to look at your circumstances instead of God.

So, God comes to him through an angel and cooks for him.  Why?  Because when you’re depressed, God doesn’t forget you, but He does want you to come out of it.  He doesn’t want you to stay in the depression.  He sees your weakness and uses those moments to show His power.  So, Elijah eats and sleeps and is able to get up and go.  Just like we did in Pakistan—strengthened by the provision of the Lord.

Jesus, I declare that Your grace is sufficient, and Your power is made perfect in my weakness.  Where I am weak, I declare that in You I am strong!