Pray for a Courageous Heart
Heroes are often courageous. Sometimes a hero is someone who steps in and does what no one else is doing. Courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fears, or difficulty. The origin of the word comes from Old French corage meaning heart, innermost feelings, temper. Courage comes from within.
The spies were told to be courageous. They were facing a future full of unknowns, and they felt fear as went to spy out the Promised Land. They needed courage. The charge to Joshua as he was beginning the task of leading the people of Israel included “Be strong and courageous” as well as a promise that “the Lord is with you.” (Joshua 1:9)
So a courageous heart is courageous in the things that God has called us to do. A courageous heart does not turn back because of fear, but follows God’s calling.
At times it takes courage to do hard things, to go against the crowd, to do what is right. Joseph of Arimathea took courage and asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Daniel’s request to the king took courage. Esther needed courage to approach Ahasuerus asking to spare the lives of the Jews. Nehemiah had the courage to ask the king for time to go and help in rebuilding the walls. John the Baptist was preaching a message of repentance and called even the religious leaders to repent—and that took courage.
We need courage to obey God and go, to share the truth, to do what is right. The courage comes from the strength that God gives.
A courageous heart knows what God is asking him to do and trusts God for the strength to do it.
What are the hard things that God is asking you to do? We need courage for both big and little things.
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