We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Matt Chow.
“9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,[a] serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
For today’s scripture reading, I want to focus on Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” In times of trouble and affliction, we are called to be patient and endure the challenges of this world and pray. This doesn’t mean that prayer will stop our troubles or challenges in the world. Jesus even says before he leaves “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). He confirms that we will have trouble.
When trouble comes, we can rest assure that He already overcame it. We are called to be patient in times of affliction and pray. Prayer doesn’t eliminate our troubles, but it lets just endure through them until they pass. When trouble comes, we should ask God, “How can I overcome this?” Instead of, “Why is this happening to me”.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your word and truth about how to deal with troubles of this world. Help remind me that you have already overcome all troubles in this world, and I only need to put my trust in you. I will keep praying to you, so my hope is only found in you, AMEN.
How do you respond to times of trouble? What is your first reaction? As believers, our first reaction should be to pray.
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