Don’t Let Suffering Silence Your Prayers

Soon, God would help me pray again. I would find words before Him. I started with a sentence from the apostle Paul, turning it into a prayer for tear-filled days. May what has happened to me actually serve to advance the gospel (Phil. 1:12). Reminiscent of Nehemiah’s prevailing concern for God’s name and reputation (Neh. 1:9, 11), this kind of prayer can well pour from the suffering soul. For when our anticipated trajectory for life crashes, we know God’s forever-plan still stands. And as long as God’s plan is unfolding, we will have a reason to fold our hands and say, “hear the prayer of your servant” (Neh. 1:6).

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The Saddest Fulfillment of Prophecy, Isa. 53:3 | Out of Tomes

“Are you misunderstood, misrepresented, slandered, and persecuted? So also was Jesus. He was called a glutton and a wine-bibber, a friend of publicans, a Samaritan, a madman, and a devil. His character was belied. False charges were laid against Him. An unjust sentence was passed upon Him, and, though innocent, He was condemned as a malefactor, and as such died on the cross.” —J. C. Ryle

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70 Prompts for Giving Thanks to God

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” — Psalm 107:1-3

God, you have:

1.    given me a way to rejoice at all times (Phil. 4:4; 2 Cor. 6:10).

2.    comforted me in all of my sorrows (1 Cor. 1:4).

3.    not treated me as I deserve (Ps. 103:10).

4.    given me all of the good gifts that I enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17; Jas. 1:17).

5.    been the perfect peace of my soul, though I still sorrowfully sin (Rom. 5:1).

6.    not counted my sins against me (2 Cor. 5:19).

7.    suffered and died for my sins (1 Pet. 3:18).

8.    cleansed me by your blood (Matt. 26:28; Heb. 9:22; Heb. 13:12). 

9.    satisfied the wrath of God on my account (Rom. 5:9).

10.  not destined me for wrath, but for salvation (1 Thess. 5:9-10).

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And so, when I saw my emptiness without Him, I turned to Christ as I was—“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6). While I was still weak, still fearing, still sinning, still under the pull of the world—He gave Himself for me so that through Him, life might swallow death (1 Cor. 15:54) instead of the other way around. This glory song is heaven-sent: truth, freedom and forgiveness, sin- and death-crushing promise. 

 “As sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:21b

Without Him, I would be overshadowed by death or misled by strangling “positivity.” But with Him: grace, truth, obedience, righteousness, growth, protection, reigning, glory, worship—life forevermore.

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