Prayer: What God Does While We Persevere

Andrew Peterson “The Silence of God”

“When we cannot trace God’s hands [in the midst of suffering], we must resolve to trust His heart.” C.J. Mahaney

 

Here’s an excerpt from Nancy Guthrie on things to pray for in the midst of suffering and disappointment:

“We could make a very long list of purposes for which God intends to use suffering according to the Scripture. But here are just a few:

“What would happen if we allowed Scripture to provide the outcomes we prayed toward? What if we expanded our prayers from praying solely for healing and deliverance and success to praying that God would use the suffering and disappointment and dead ends in our lives to accomplish the purposes he has set forth in Scripture? Scripture provides us with a vocabulary for expanding our prayers for hurting people far beyond our predetermined positive outcomes. Instead of praying only for relief, we begin to pray that the glory of God’s character would be on display in our lives and the lives of those for whom we are praying. We pray for the joy of discovering that the faith we have given lip service to over a lifetime is the real deal. We ask God to use the difficulty to make us less self-reliant and more God-reliant. Rather than only begging him to remove the suffering in our loved ones’ lives, we ask him to make them spiritually fruitful in the midst of suffering he chooses not to remove.”[1]

 

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[1] Nancy Guthrie, “Praying Past Preferred Outcomes”: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/04/04/praying-past-preferred-outcomes/

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