Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me,
and I will hearken unto you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
Everyone must agree that there are times when life “just happens”. The good and the bad experiences in life are not always predictable. The good you readily embrace but how do you rebound after extremely devastating, or unexpected adversities. Tragedies are not relegated to the poor, to a certain socioeconomic class or to a particular ethnicity, race or nationality of people.
When you are suddenly confronted with harsh realities or the severity of life’s disappointments, these unexpected dilemmas can challenge you to such a degree that it propels you into a whirlwind of confusion and despair. These life-altering experiences can be so adverse that they cause great suffering, distress or hopelessness. During these times, many tend to grasp at anything that will bring some form of comfort or resolve. Many tend to seek out the things of this world or carnal pursuits, such as smoking, drinking, promiscuity, and the like, in an effort to deal with their pain or grief.
In John 16:33, Jesus lets us know that as long as we are alive, there will be challenges and adverse circumstances with which we will be faced; but He also encourages is that if we continually put our trust and hope in Him that He will give us a peace which passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Unfortunately, the one thing that God has given to all of us that tends to be overlooked is the power that can be found in prayer. Many begin to turn towards God and the things of God as a last resort, not fully realizing that prayer, constant communication with God, is the answer to any dilemma they are facing. In 1 Peter 5:7, we are encourage to come to God with every care or concern with which we are troubled.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
As the entire world is confronted with the tragedies of the Coronavirus Outbreak; governments, communities, families and individuals seek to deal with the tragedy of loss of life of loved ones; economic challenges; social devastation and mass unrest because of this unexpected pandemic. In uncertain times like these, we must begin to earnestly seek God through prayer and pursue His presence so that we will not be overwhelmed by what is going on around us.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; (Hebrews 4:15)
No matter what we are faced with; no matter how devastating or disappointing the news, always know that there is nothing that you can confront in this life, from which God cannot deliver you. The power to overcome every adversity, no matter how great or small is found in prayer.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
In John 3:16, we are encouraged that God loves us so much it is not His desire to see any of us perish or be destroyed. Rather, it is the desire of the Father that we experience and possess an abundant life which starts as soon as you experience and accept His love; a forever lasting love that leads you to experience a forever lasting life of joy and peace with Him; even in the midst of adversity!
PRAYER: Father, I pray that you would take up a burden upon to pray when you are faced with challenging times. I come against every spirit of stress, frustration, worry or care or anything that would act as a distraction to you seeking God for the help and comfort you need, especially in the midst of your adversity.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION: In the name of Jesus, I decree and declare that you will use prayer as a powerful weapon against your enemy and overcome every adversity that you are faced with as you consistently turn to the altars of prayer.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1
1 Thessalonians 5:17
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