Troubles come, and troubles will go. The attitude we have through these trying times is what actually shows who we are, and what or whom we have believed in.
Everyone has challenges; this is not peculiar to only Christians. It happens to everyone, but the root cause is where the difference lies.
For the unbeliever, their problems stem from the insatiable desires that may saturate their hearts, the deceitfulness of riches that bothers them. They fall into trouble for their desires which are not in tune with the ways of God, hence, they are victims of the devil’s devices.
For believers, we may face challenges because of the profession of our faith; when we refuse to compromise on the things of God and disbelieving God’s promises.
We may face challenging times that try to weigh us down and make us question the will of God for our lives and the promises he has made.
But, the sure word of God tells us the very intent of God, his promises and desires which he has in mind for us his children. These words are trust-worthy and are true. God is not a man that he should lie.
” God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has he said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
- Numbers 23:19 NKJV
The words of God are not mere words. He is the only being that retains the power to say or intend a thing and can actually pull all forces in the universe in alignment with the spoken word to make it good.
The bible tells us by the mouth of God himself:
“So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
- Isaiah 55:11 NKJV
This is a statement by the all-powerful God himself, declaring his power and majesty. Who says a thing and is able to make it happen but God?
He says in the verse that his words must always accomplish the reason for being sent. Hallelujah!
Now, this gives us a bold encouragement and trust in the God we know. Don’t undermine the power of God that can cause change. Whatever your condition or situation may be, he is only a prayer away.
Here’s what Jesus says about his Father, and our Father:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
- John 14:13 NKJV
Oh, what confidence we then have if Jesus confirms that our requests brought to the Father in his name are already an answered problem!
So, this means that when we read through the bible and find promises that God has spoken, we happily receive them by praying about them in faith.
That’s why the apostle Paul says this in his letter to the Philippians:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
We don’t worry about the circumstances we find ourselves as believers. We can plan and think of strategies, because honestly, God has given us the wisdom to navigate things that are within our power. But, where we begin to cross the line, is when we begin to think and worry about the things that we have no power over; now that’s not a believer’s character.
“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? Or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
For after these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
- Matthew 6:31-32 NKJV
God really knows the things that we need. He knows we need to eat food, he knows we need to drink as well, and he knows we need to wear clothes rather than walk around naked. Jesus is trying to say that God knows about everything you need.
So, when you pray, you are doing it with the mindset that as soon as God hears you, he answers you. We should not be like the ‘Gentiles’, speaking about they that do not know the true, living God.
You should not worry about the mountains that look unsurmountable, there is always grace for you to overcome in Christ Jesus.
Worrying has never solved any problem, but when you have challenges, you table them before a God that we know hears, and also answers. You serve the true living God, so, let there be a difference between you and the one who has not believed in God.
We don’t go about wailing and looking confused when issues arise, but without fear, we approach the courts of God in prayers and the faith that our prayers are already answered!
Lord, I praise you because you are a loving Father who always takes care of His children and grants them the desires of their hearts.
When we lift our prayers to you with genuine hearts, we receive answers from you that bless our lives and those around us.
Today, I want to thank you for answered prayers over the years.
In Philippians 4:6, you have told us that thanksgiving should accompany our prayers, and I thank you for every prayer you have answered in my life.
My life has become better because you have filled it with abundance and great things that have blessed me and my family.
You have always come through for me when I have needed you the most.
I thank you for the victory you have given me through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Thank you for helping me overcome many challenges and problems in my life. I don’t know what I would have done without your help and deliverance.
Thank you for being an ever present help in my times of need. Thank you for every victory you ever gave me and I give you all the glory.
Today I want to thank you for coming through for me in the issue I had been facing for the last several days, several months, and several years
You have made my life brighter and better and I rejoice in your goodness.
Thank you for being my hope and salvation and the one who gives me the strength to face each day.
I lift your name high because you are worthy of all praise.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.