Help me Lord to come to a greater understanding of the reason for the inevitable trials and tribulations that pepper down on the lives of all people – but especially those that are Your children, who find it hard to understand why their Father in heaven seems to have turned a deaf ear to their repeated pleas for help. And yet Father as I reflect on all that the Lord Jesus did for me and how You reached down when I was dead in trespasses and sins and lifted me out of the miry clay and clothed me in Christ’s righteousness, I see Your gracious patience towards me and it causes me to wonder in amazement that You should take such time and effort with a person such as me – who is not worthy to unloose Your shoelaces.
Lord I pray that You would direct my heart to see more and more of Your love towards me and of Christ’s gracious perseverance – as He lived a perfect life, in order that He could be made the sinless sacrifice, to pay the price for MY sins. Thank You that despite the times when I have not listened to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit in my life, and have taken a dead end road of my own choosing.. and failed over and again, to learn the lesson that you would teach me – that You have always been there to pick me up. Thank You for Your gracious patience towards me when I have doubted Your Word or grumbled about my lot in life and thank You Father, for remaining faithful towards me when I have proved faithless toward You.. and must have quenched or grieved the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
Father it is as I reflect on Your gracious patience towards me for so long that I begin to understand more and more the reason for the inevitable trials and tribulations that pepper down on the lives of Your children – it is so that we may grow in grace and in a knowledge of You. Help me Lord to see You in the difficulties of life and seek to persevere through every trial, so that I may gasp all that You would have me learn in Jesus name I pray,