“Pray for a second wind” the Lord whispered to me during a recent moment of utter exhaustion. I felt I had nothing left to give, but that is where the second wind makes its entrance.
It’s when the finish line is within sight, yet the runner is exhausted with nothing left to give. Even though they can see the end in sight, it seems impossible to reach. Then something changes. A shift takes place.
Suddenly, supernatural strength pulses through their body. They begin to run with ease and maximum performance, crossing the impossible with every stride – exuberant as they step over the finish line.
This is the phenomenon of the second wind.
In distance running, it is where an athlete, who seemingly has no reserves left, suddenly finds the tenacity to press through to the finish line. Some scientists have said it is the result of the body finding its perfect balance.
In other words, a second wind is the renewed strength to continue through the difficulty even when it feels impossible to complete. We are to pray for a second wind.
The Lord said, “My people are weary, but take heart, the end is in sight, receive a new wind of my Spirit and run across the finish line – a provision of a second wind is available to you even now.”
1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it?”
When the battles intensified in 2020 and just kept going for years, none of us imagined it would last this long – however, it seemed like a never-ending battle. Most thought we would stand firm in faith and see a move of God within the first few months.
We are in a race; the Bible makes it clear. We must continue in that race until we reach the finish line. If God is saying, “pray for a second wind” that’s good news. That means the end is in sight.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:1-2).
We must run the race with perseverance, which is an expression of our faith. A powerful one – when we choose to run with endurance, we will see breakthrough, if we refuse to give up, according to Galatians 6:9, which says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise (Heb 10:36).
Jesus told his disciples to always pray and never give up (Lu 18:1.) He is saying the same thing to us today. Yes, there have been times of disappointment as we prayed and times of weariness but like the disciples, we cannot give up. We must continue to stand in faith and pray.
We see this principle in the life of Elijah. Six times, Elijah sent his servant to look and see if there was any evidence or answer to his prayer for rain. Six times his servant’s report was negative. There were no signs of answered prayer to be seen. Elijah could have certainly given up, but he didn’t. The Bible says in 1 Kings, Elijah put his head down one more time and prayed. The seventh time, when the servant returned, he saw signs of God’s hand at work. A cloud the size of a man’s hand. It was a small sign. It was certainly not the rain Elijah was praying for—but it was enough. A tiny cloud, a seemingly small sign, yet it was evident God heard his prayer.
We too are seeing signs of the hand of God in response to our prayers. Evil is being exposed. More and more prayer is taking place across our nation. Revival is sweeping across our land. These are signs! We are seeing God back in schools and universities. These are evidence of prayers being answered. Therefore, we must continue to persevere. We must keep our hearts and our heads bowed in prayer.
We have a promise from God. A promise of a second wind.
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired (Is 40:31, AMP).
Perseverance and endurance are vital, as is our continual hope in the Lord. Romans 5:5 tells us that God’s hope never disappoints. As we continue to hope in God and his Word, He will strengthen our hearts. He will impart to us a second wind. He will open our eyes to see the finish line and strengthen us to run with endurance.
He has already given us the victory. Today, allow God to open your eyes and see the finish line. Hear Him saying, “Receive my second wind and finish the race.” His hope will not disappoint. We will not only finish the race, but in Christ, we have already won.