Prayer to stand firm

It never fails. On top of daily obligations, other problems seem to sprout up like weeds. Or maybe you’ve been called to serve and the challenges are much bigger than you expected.

Resist the negative emotions of resentment or being upset that things aren’t how you wish they would be. Instead, seek strength and perseverance in the Lord. God doesn’t wave a magic wand to make life easier. Instead, he reveals to you the meaning and value of your struggle. He reveals Christ carrying his cross which leads to a greater glory.

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:6-11

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