Published November 3, 2015
"What Is God Saying?"
Recently a pastor of a persecuted church was asked how people should pray for them. He said (and this is not a direct quote), "Do not pray for God to take away the persecution. Ask that we will know what God is saying to us through this persecution."
Wow! How do I face circumstances that are less than perfect, let alone such tragic and traumatic circumstances? How do I pray for myself? How do I ask others to pray?
Am I so busy trying to get out of a bad circumstance that I fail to ask God to walk beside me and work through me in the midst of that circumstance? Do I blame God for putting me into this difficulty or do I anticipate what can happen as He works through the impossible to meet my needs and the needs of those around me?
Am I so self-focused that I miss what God is doing? Am I so absorbed in "me" that I forget to represent Him?
If someone who is in a situation where he could lose his life because of his faith is able to ask, not for freedom, but for God to show Himself through this circumstance, how can I pray for an easy life?
Where is the focus of your prayers? Can you pray that God will tell you what He is saying through your circumstances?
Philippians 4:4-7 reads, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
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