#21 The Prayer of Rejoicing in Adversity

July 30, 2020
God says, “My ways are not your ways.” His ways are higher than ours by a country mile. Many of God’s ways are the exact opposite of the rational mind of man. Humble yourself to be exalted.  Admit your faults to be admired rather than trying to cover-up and deny them. His strength works best in human weakness. Come on, who thinks like this?

And the crown jewel of upside-down thinking; rejoice in the midst of suffering, trial, and tribulation.

Stop viewing your problems as intruders, but rather rejoice at there presence in your life, count them as friends, for they have come to refine your soul and strengthen your character. So let each trial by fire continue to burn in your life until all your worthless pursuits are ended and the holy character that God desires in your heart is fully formed.  cf  James 1: 2-4 

Think of the insanity of God, rejoicing in the face of trials, because they’re good for you. In short, your trial is God’s showcase. It’s his way of showing off. In such a manner God is most glorified.

As people of faith, we testify through “weakness” that the all-surpassing power of God’s Holy Spirit is never to be confused as our own power. To make the message exceedingly clear, God has placed His holy spirit in the broken clay lanterns of our ordinary lives. With this arrangement there is not much chance of confusion, anything noteworthy in us is evidence of the work of His Holy Spirit, nothing more.

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 NKJV

The scriptures above encapsulate the great idea of God’s sovereignty. We can be certain God is indeed working all things together for good to those who love Him. And for those who love Him, God is working all things out according to His all-loving master plan, for our own good, even the hard stuff, including trials and persecution.

The scriptures above encapsulate the great idea of God’s sovereignty. We can be certain God is indeed working all things together for good to those who love Him. And for those who love Him, God is working all things out according to His all-loving master plan, for our own good, even the hard stuff, including trials and persecution.

So how does all this translate to prayer?

1. Choose to trust him while you’re in the fiery trial. Tell him so.
2. Humbly admit your pain to him. Use it to motivate you to cry out for his
deliverance.

3. Change your perspective by asking what Good can come of this pain?
4. List or write down the potential good.  Your spirit needs reasons to rejoice. If you’re not certain of any good, reread the scriptures in the black boxes above.

5. Make it your aim to transform every complaint to a point of rejoicing.

* Just to be completely honest with you, I do this regularly. And I normally pray my complaints until they are all out and only then am I able to refocus and move to rejoice.
** You can read more about how to transform your weak spot to your sweet spot in the novel, The Parable of the Ironman. There is a link to order below.

Wisbit Tip #21

Rejoicing during a trial is faith in action. It can become a showcase of Gods’ glory if we are willing to offer the right response. Prayer Tip Twenty One.  Unleash the power of God in your life by responding with rejoicing instead of grumbling in your trials.

 

Leaping for Joy is the suggested body position for Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me enough to allow the refiners fire to burn away all selfish ambition from my heart. I choose to rejoice in my trials for they are transforming my soul, so let the trials continue until the holy character you desire in my heart is fully formed. I put my trust in your goodness. Teach me how to pray. In Jesus Name Amen.

See you again soon (Twice Weekly Publication),
Prayer Coach
Robert

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