Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Life is downright hard some days. You juggle multiple irons burning in the fire at near lightspeed and manage to accomplish the laundry list of to-dos without overstepping your boundaries or hurting anyone. All day, you’ve managed to keep all four wheels between the lines as you truck down life’s highway. And then life deals you an unexpected blow or smacks you in the face with all its force for no other apparent reason other than because it can. You know—those moments where life takes your breath away but not in a good way. As people of faith, we are not immune from these valleys we stumble into along our journey. Life hurts. Yes, Virginia: the Struggle is real. 

What do we do?

As believers, we are called to continue on, faithfully, walking humbly, acting gently, being grateful, and nurturing a spirit of forgiveness. In our words and deeds, we show love, blessing even those who curse us. Even when it hurts. Yes, we mourn, and we grieve. Yes, we fervently pray, begging God for relief from our struggles. But it doesn’t end there. We get up and go on, moving forward, towards the prize, running the race with all our might until the very end.

As redeemed children of God Most High, we are all in recovery, rescued from our shortcomings, no longer bound by the chains of sin, while all the while, day by day, learning how to live life because He lives. It’s not easy. We aren’t perfect. But we are changed, no longer the same. Like new creations learning to find our way, we stumble, and we struggle, getting up after each fall.

God is SO good. Even on our worst days, He shepherds us, providing all we need to maneuver through the trials and tribulations this earthly life brings, from time to time during different seasons. In our plight, we turn to the Lord, showing our dependence on Him to traverse the storms life brings our way.

Jesus Calms a Storm Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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How Can I Pray for You?

prayingHow can I pray for you?

This life is not for the timid. In life, there are storms to endure, burdens to bear, and difficult heartaches to overcome. Hurt doesn’t serve us notice before it hits. It comes at us suddenly, kicking us in the gut when we least expect it.

Prayer is a tool that God has given us to help us through the difficulties that this life brings. Scripture makes clear that the cries of a person faithful in prayer are heard and that the words of a steadfast prayer warrior are powerful.

When someone gives us a prayer request for us to pray for, we should try to do it immediately. Don’t hesitate. Pray right then and there. We don’t know what tomorrow brings. We do know that the person who asked us to pray for them, needs prayer.

We should also not wait for someone to tell us what they would like us to pray for. Rather, we should find out by simply asking them “How can I pray for you?” These are powerful words and powerful actions. They will do more to share the Gospel than you know.

So tomorrow, wherever you find yourself, ask someone “How can I pray for you?” and then pray with them. You’ll both be blessed.