Life Won’t Be Problem-Free

May 7, 2020

Read 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.”

 
Reflect

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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God lelp me in the time of trouble? Because God is near , he is right be side, I just talk to him.
Thank you Lord because in the midst of my tribulaciones you do not abandone me. You're there, even through I can't see you. Thank you for the body of Christ, Your church and because we can intercede for each other and strengthen ourseleves in Christ Jesús.
Judith, I have prayed for you!
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE I REQUEST THE POWER WITHIN YOUR WILL FOR MYCLIFE & ALSO FOR ALL MY FAMILY IN YOUR WILL FOR THIS LIFE; I CRY FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALING ;THANKYOUJESUS!@your child & all my family;Virginia r. gomez garcia who needs you 24/7;etc🔥
Father thank you for giving me a channel through Jesus my savior to pray to you! In Jesus name I pray Amen 🙏✝️🇺🇸
Brother Larry, you might describe it as "Knowing God is impossible without prayer." Learning about Him, I believe, is not your goal. "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must in spirit and truth." (John 4:24. NASB) "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." (John 16:13. NASB) "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; (v.16,17) for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit; " ((18, 19a.) I Thessalonians 5:16-19a. NKJV) Just a hint: verse 17 right above. Live and do in an attitude of prayer to One True God (encompasses Father, Son, Holy Spirit.) I pray the above will become a Life Pattern for you. His servant, Bobbi
Judith, I am praying with you and for you and the entire family. Yes, you are not alone He is with You and He will take you through this "valley experience". Be encouraged by Psalm 23. We your brothers and sisters in Christ are praying and standing with you!
Amen, Amen! As I read and meditate on today's devotional my heart kept on singing: " What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer". Proverbs 18v10 encourages my heart and strengthens my faith. "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe". Lord, "my Hallelujah's belong to You".
Judith, my heart goes out to you, and I am praying for you and your family and WITH you. You are not ever alone. Christianity is a Relationship, not a religion. A phrase from an old Christian song HAPPINESS IS THE LORD says: "It's Jesus and me in close relation, having a psrt in my salvation." This past Easter Sunday marked the beginning of the 55th year of Jesus' and my relationship. This includes 29+ years of being a widow. If you haven't done this before, invite Jesus to be your best friend who never leaves you nor forsake you and is closer yhan your very breath. In John 15, Jesus calls us friend. Talk with Him. Make Him a Partner in every aspect of your life. His prayer warrior, Bobbi
Judith, I lift you up in prayer. Father I ask You to be with Judith her Husband and her daughter that You would work in their lives, that You would increase their faith and hope in this situation - Judith in our Text today we learn that God is our sanctuary our strength and steadfast support!!! I would encourage you to also read Luke 18:1-8 The Parable of the Persistent Widow!!!
Judith - we are praying with you today!
That was awesome, Nat. I love the fact that God wants us to pray without ceasing. God tells us to pray for the salvation of our family, friends and nation, for all saints and for the strengthening of our Undershepherds. Lastly, God encourages us to cast all our worry and fears at His feet.... He did it all at the Cross. Jesus said He'll never leave us, nor forsake us. He will see us all the way home. Thank You Nat!
I need to pray more. Right now I have to work on finances. Helping my 40 year old daughter who is ill. So far nothing has been found. My husband is in a memory facility in Northbrook, Il. His sister lives up that way. She became his POA. My name is not on his contact list. So I cannot call him. I cannot even call the facility to find out information. God is faithful and I know He will get me through this.
I need to pray more. Learning and not praying is like eating and not swallowing!
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PRAY FOR US ME & ALL MY FAMILY FOR EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUR WAY WITH YOU IN OUR LIVES ;I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP ONLY YOU KNOW EVERYTHING PLEASE HELP;24/7;ThankyouJesus!@
Pray 🙏 helps me
Thanks BTTB. I never thought of that before - that the problem doesn't have to go away for us to experience God's peace. Thanks for the explanation.