… to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the “garment of praise” for the “spirit of heaviness”
I received this “Monday Blues” from the Holy Spirit this morning.
Does the start of your workweek trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness, or stress? Do you lack passion, motivation and strength on Monday? Are you sluggish or tense? This feeling is what they call “Monday Blues”.
The Bible calls it the “spirit of heaviness” in Isaiah 61:3:-
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified”
Years back, my Managing Director always talked much about his fear each approaching Mondays! As the Head of the company, his work’s burden was certainly very heavy! And so on Friday when the senior staff get together, he would lament over the blues on coming Mondays!
This morning, if per chance you are in this situation, you can change all that by making this prayer and receive His joy! Let’s pray:-
“Father you said in John 16:24 that if we need anything we need to ask to receive that our joy may be full! We ask right now in Jesus’s name that you remove from us this “spirit of heaviness” and clothe us with your “Garment of Praise”.
We thank you for your blessing on us, our family and all our possession last week. We know you will do the same for us this week as your words say that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever!
We thank you, Father, that you are Jehovah-Jireh, the God that supplies all our needs; you are always generous and gracious in all that you do. You have given us “life more abundantly”. Whatever you provide, we know it will always be “so much more”. We thank you and we now rejoice in this truth; and we come expectantly to receive the “more than enough” provision!
We thank you for preserving our spirit soul and body, and that through the Precious Blood of Your Son Jesus, we can walk worthy and pleasing to you! We rejoice today because of “Who You Are” and “Whose” we are!
Truly the Joy of The Lord is our strength!
In Jesus’ Most Worthy Name we pray.
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