Have you been walking a hard road? Do you feel like everything is working against you? How do we keep the faith when it all seems impossible? Prayer and perseverance.
My family has gone through some struggles over the past couple years. We have dealt with a house fire, deaths of parents, loss of jobs, loss of ability to work, and other rough patches. I know what it feels like to stand in the food pantry line, and worry about how we’re going to get the kids to school.
But, you know what? Those food pantry trips fed my family. The kids got to school. We muddle through. We persevere. Why? Because we have to, and because God has a plan for us.
And my God will meet all your needs because of His glory in Jesus Christ! Philippians 4:19
I know that, even in the face of struggle, that He has my best interests at heart. Let me give you an example.
This weekend, my husband had to replace the front brake pads, rotor, and some other car stuff. (Yeah, I’m that technical… lol.) While he was doing that, he found a bubble on the INSIDE wall of a new tire. Inside wall as in the side that faces under the car. Under the car that we would NEVER see with the tire on!
Did it suck to shell out a couple hundred dollars of electric bill money? Yep. Did it save us an accident? Probably. I thanked God for that heads up, but politely asked if His “mysterious ways” could be a little bit cheaper next time!
Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3
The hardest thing to remember in these times of trouble is to stop and pray, and to thank God for His blessings amongst the trials. It’s easy to remember to ask for blessings, ask for help, and ask for guidance. It’s harder to remember to thank him for his blessings, help, and guidance.
But, that’s what the perseverance part is all about, isn’t it?
We have to be faithful, even when we aren’t getting our way. One of my favorite messages boiled down to this. God answers EVERY prayer. Sometimes that answer is No. It’s at those times, I’m grateful I’m not Job!
Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
I think that understanding when to pray is a big key to overcoming our fear of adversity. Hear me well. I did not say overcoming our adversity. I said overcoming our fear of adversity. Adversity will always come! Our response to it is the difference between trusting and telling.
Trust the Lord with your prayers. Don’t tell the Lord what He needs to do. That’s not the way it works. He’s not Santa Claus, nor is he a genie. He does not grant wishes, but He gives you everything you need to lead a full and fulfilling life.
So when do we pray? Always. Pray without ceasing. Keep His name always on your lips.
Is it hard to do? Yep. Can we do it? You betcha.
Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
Let’s make a pact? We’ll challenge ourselves to keep Him in the forefront of our mind and to pray without ceasing. Let’s see how this little test of faith helps us to see His many blessings. Are you in? I hope so.