Enduring difficulty is an arduous challenge. All of us can easily get bogged down, be discouraged, and want to quit. James 1:12 encourages us to press on because persevering through afflictions and persecution will be rewarded.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).
While many of us may not encounter direct oppression (though others may), we all face troubles we would prefer to circumvent instead of pushing through. Here are three things to remember and pray when the going gets tough.
1. GOD’S GOT THIS
Not once in the history of time has God sat bewildered or unsure of what to do in the midst of trying circumstances. When we feel overwhelmed, remember He is in control and maintains sovereignty.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Lord, I’m struggling right now with what’s been going on in my life. I feel defeated and lost. I know in my heart that You’ve got this. Strengthen me to grab tightly to Your truth and surrender. Help me to trust You with this struggle. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2. BE STRONG
Risking failure signifies a willingness to venture outside one’s comfort zone. In order to possess an intention grand enough to give up, one has to attempt a worthwhile objective. The enemy realizes what’s on the line regarding our dreams and God’s purpose for our lives. He wants nothing more than to derail us and send us back into the realm of complacency.
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).
Lord, I am overcome by weakness and want to give up. My burden is heavy, and I feel like I’m carrying it all alone. You give rest to the weary, Father, and I ask You to bless me with your peace. Comfort me as I cling to You in this trying situation. Provide me the strength needed to keep going. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
3. DO NOT FEAR
The Bible is littered with encouragements to “Fear not” and “Do not be afraid.” God recognizes the fears we experience in this world. He foresees the challenges life presents, and He wants to reassure us of His presence to help and lift us up.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Lord, Thank you so much for your love and grace. Thank you for standing by me through thick and thin. Help me to grow in faith as I trust in You. Quell my fear with the power of your might. Lift me up in my darkest hour. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Perseverance is key to survival. James 1:12 shows us that endurance is both physical and spiritual. When facing a demanding relationship, a formidable obstacle, or persecution for our faith, let us bond together in intercession, believing in the power of prayer and that our merciful God will grant us the strength to make it through.