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January 2, 2022

The Hardest Prayer

Strange that in prayer, we often ask for a change in circumstances rather than in our character. “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4 NIV) One of the most difficult prayers to pray is, “God, don’t release me from this trial until I’ve become what You want me to be.” Our natural desire is to ask God to deliver us from our tests and trials NOW! But there is always a larger plan that God has for our lives.

Often we find it’s easy to pray and be faithful to God when troubles come our way. So then why is it that when the pressure is off, we go back to our old ways? We need to be like clay, that when it’s squeezed and then released, it retains its new shape. Likewise, when our trial is over, we’ll “retain the new shape” of our walk with God and remain stronger and with greater faith to accomplish the plans God has for us.

God cares more about your character than He does your comfort. Remember that suffering produces the ability to persevere. Perseverance builds your character. Character produces hope. Hope will give you the strength to overcome your problems. Through this process, you will know and believe that God is faithful.

For more info on prayer visit: World Network of Prayer