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 lessons 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 those 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 grasp all that You would have me learn. In Jesus' name I pray,