Pray for the hard stuff

It’s time to translate a few “common” prayer requests that float around society and expose them for what they really are. I will use the P/T format for this. “P” will stand for “prayer” and “T” will stand for “translation”

Hope you enjoy reading as much as I’m going to enjoy writing these!

 

P: I am praying for the endurance to overcome obstacles in my life

T: Patience and Grace

 

 

P: I want to trust God more with today and not worry about tomorrow

T: Patience and Grace

 

 

P: Dear Lord, please help me be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen

T: Patience and Grace

 

 

P: Lord, help me love my neighbor more. They are difficult to love sometimes.

T: Patience and Grace

 

 

P: Lord I know you are there, but sometimes I just feel like I can’t hear you. Could you just let me know what you are doing?

T: Patience and Grace.

 

 

Get the point yet?

We pray so many flowery things so that we can dodge having to pray for what is difficult.

Matthew 6:7

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too low to hear (Romans 8:26-27) and He does so in accordance to God’s will. So whether we pray for endurance to handle situations, or the ability to deal kindly with our neighbors…the HOLY SPIRIT is going to translate that for us to PATIENCE.

So why not just pray for the hard stuff up front? What is it that keeps us from doing this in the first place?

 

Wait for it…..

 

 

Fear.

 

 

No big surprise there huh? If you read scripture, it’s even less of a surprise

2 Timothy 1

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline andself-control.

So my challenge for the day is for believers in Christ to have the guts to pray for the hard stuff and set an example for this world. Do not conform or back down when the world challenges us. Don’t listen when others say “don’t pray for patience because you’ll get every opportunity to have it tested.”

That’s the same thing as saying “don’t be praying for bigger muscles because you might have to go to the gym and work out.”

Duh.

Our God died and took on the hardEST stuff so that we could keep breathing.

[Pray for the hard stuff. Live for the future stuff. Walk through the present stuff. ]

#JesusForTheWin

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