Heavenly Father, there are so many examples of men and women in the Bible who trusted You in the midst of their pain and problems and You always were there to keep them in the face of their trials and bring them through to victory.
As I consider the difficulties my friend has with the pain their stiff limbs and arthritic joints brings, I think of Joseph who had to go through so much unjust treatment during His time in Egypt, of David who was relentlessly pursued by His enemies and Daniel, who was thrown to the lions for maintaining His faith in You.
Although my friend is not facing the sorts of difficulties these men had to endure, the pain they are going through makes it difficult to cope and physically exhausting. Uphold them with Your righteous hand and sustain them in the midst of their trials.
Help them to learn the lesson of faith and hope and trust in You, in spite of the suffering they are going through, and help them never to forget that You have promised to be with them always – even to the end of the age. Thank You that You are always with us all, and have promised never to leave us nor forsake us... and bring them the joy of Your salvation we pray,