Life Won’t Be Problem-Free
May 7, 2020Read Psalm 46:1-3
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
How has God helped you during times of trouble? (Please explain.)
Isn’t it amazing that the problem doesn’t have to go away for us to experience this peace? Yes, we want it to be resolved; but as soon as it is, another one will take its place. Though we aren’t promised a problem-free life, we can trust this promise from God: He will give us the power and peace to live abundantly—even in the midst of adversity.
Pray with others. There’s nothing better than to join hearts and hands in prayer with other believers about the things that we are most worried about. God didn’t mean for us to be like the Lone Ranger, tackling problems alone. When the battle is fierce or long, we naturally get discouraged and need other friends in Christ to pray with us—and they will need us to lift them up for their concerns, too. Even the great leader Moses needed Aaron and Hur to support him and hold his arms up in prayer as he interceded for the Israelites when they were in battle against the Amalekites (see Exodus 17). You and I need prayer partners, a group to pray with, or sometimes a whole network of prayer or church-wide intercession in a crisis time. Whether you’re young or old, a Mary or a Martha, a man or woman—God is calling all of us to pray about our families’ lives and what’s going on in the nation and world.
Let prayer become a way of life. The “practice these things” part of the Philippians passage can remind us to pray about the small worries and the larger burdens every day. Prayer opens the door to the One who can save us from our fears and redeem our situation. As you pray consistently, you’ll learn that giving your concerns and burdens to God will become as natural as breathing. Pray
Lord, help me during the tough times. Please give me peace and hope. Amen.
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