“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Unfortunately, many modern Western believers have the attitude that life needs to be perfect, or that God promises us a happy life. So any time calamity comes to us or those we care about, we immediately pray, “Lord, remove this…Fix this.” But He might want to do something for His kingdom through it. Perhaps as unbelievers watch a Christian go through a trial with great grace, they will come into the kingdom.
So the next time you pray about a difficult situation in your life, maybe God would have you pray for joy and peace, and for hope to fill your heart amidst the difficulty, so that in your overflow of hope, people would be attracted to Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, as I walk through difficult circumstances, would You fill me with Your peace? Give me joy despite my pain. Let my eyes be fixed on You. Help me to trust in You – in Your strength, in Your comfort, and in Your sovereignty. May my life overflow with Your hope, so that others will be drawn to You.
–Adapted from Praying Like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God, who is your rock, your fortress, and your deliverer (2 Sam. 22:2).
Thank God for delivering you from your sins and for promising to keep you safe from harm even into old age (Isa. 46:4). Confess times when you’ve played with temptation and not sought God’s way out. Commit yourself to living a holy and godly life. Ask God to deliver you from the evil one day by day (Mt. 6:13).
God is a God who rescues and saves (Dan. 6:27). Pray that God will rescue and save persons you know who do not yet believe. Ask that they will find God to be the rock, fortress, and deliverer they’ve been looking for all along.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.