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Thursday, July 18, 2013

IF SUFFERING IS THE WILL OF GOD

Modern Americans may be the only people in Christian history who believe suffering is never in the will of God. But this flies in the face of scripture that clearly teaches that God’s people will suffer from the attack of world, the flesh and the devil. Your suffering may be physical, social, emotional or spiritual. It may be great or small at any given time. But in this world Jesus said we would have tribulation. If this is true, how are we to pray when we face suffering? I don’t think it is wrong to ask for relief from suffering, but that is certainly not the most important prayer we can pray in such circumstances.
In John chapter 12 Jesus asked how He should pray in the face of suffering.
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
28 Father, glorify your name![1]
Whatever else you pray in the midst of small or great suffering that you may face today. Cry out for God to glorify His name in the trial.



[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Jn 12:27–28). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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