Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Making Pain Your Servant, Not Your Master

There are three possible ways to pray when you are hurting. First, you can pray that God will give you an escape from the pain. That's normal--in fact, that's how drug stores stay in business! Second, you can pray that God will give you the strength to endure the pain. And that, too, is a natural response. If we can't escape the pain, we can pray to endure the pain. The third way we can pray is to ask God to enlist the pain in our lives for our good and His glory.

If we pray to escape our pain, then we see pain as our enemy. If we pray to endure our pain, then pain is seen as a master. But if we pray to enlist our pain, we see it as our servant. We are able to find God's grace to glory in our infirmities, that the power of God may be manifest in our lives. ~Adrian Rogers

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  1. I definitely agree with the third outlook. I believe that we go through a process in our prayer, and given the Holy Spirit, we are able to evolve into the third step. Thank you, for this inspirational piece. Many blessings!

  2. I agree with Cynthia - so much of what we endure is God's refining process in our lives. Finding grace in those moments through His power is essential to our survival!


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