Prayer and Praise Corner: May 5, 2013

         Prayer and Praise Corner:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35

“He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45

What an infinite variety there is in the troubles of life! No two people have the same troubles in a certain area. God deals with no two of His children in the same way.

Just as God varies His treatment of His children, so trouble is varied. God does not repeat Himself; He does not have one pattern that He uses for everyone. He deals with every child individually, according to his or her specific situation.

As trouble is not sinful in itself, neither is it the evidence of sin. Good and bad alike experience trouble. Trouble is no evidence whatsoever of divine displeasure. Numerous Scripture verses contradict such an idea.

Job is an example of where God bore explicit testimony to His deep piety, and yet permitted Satan to afflict Job beyond any other man for wise and beneficial purposes. Trouble has no power in itself to interfere with the relationship of a saint to God.

Prayer Requests: Confess the pride of possessions and pray that they will not become the  most important thing in your life. Pray for the victims and the families of the victims of the Boston bombings. Praise God for His faithfulness. Thank God for His ever presence in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, troubles come in various shapes and sizes. Thank you for treating each of your children in a unique and special way. I know that trouble has no power to interfere with my relationship with you. For that, I thank you. Amen.