DO WE PRAY FOR THE WRONG THING?
READ Psalm 32: 6-10
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1: 3-4 (NIV)
“Oh Lord! Take this problem from me. Relieve me of this burden!” Regardless of the nature of our distress, do we earnestly and fervently request Him to remove it and do we feel devastated when our millstone is not miraculously removed? Perhaps our prayers were incorrectly focused. We tend to forget that Christians are not promised a problem-free life. However, we do have the assurance that “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). So, when we are confronted with a difficult situation, might the proper response be to ask for strength to deal with it?
Hardships are often opportunities for learning and Scripture records numerous accounts of this being so – just to mention a few (Romans 2:7; 5:3-5;8:24,25: 2 Corinthians 6: 3-7: 2 Peter 1:2-9) Maybe the proper solution to our distress is to direct our petitions for strength and guidance to cope rather than for the removal of the source of despair.