Pray Instead For Grace To Cooperate

June 13

“…we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God
for your patience and faith
in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,
which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God,
that you may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God,
for which you also suffer…”
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

Contrary to what some men preach, we are not to expect our lives here to be adorned with all manner of “prosperity” and ease. Contrary to what some teach, we don’t get our “best life now.” No, the Scriptures clearly show us that tribulation and persecution will accompany anyone who truly belongs to the Lord. These sufferings are the very things that God will use to mature us as we are conformed to the image of Christ and made fit vessels for his service.

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Acts 14:22

Rather than pray that your trials go away, pray instead for GRACE TO COOPERATE with the Lord in whatever he is desiring to work out in you.

The results are forever. The rewards eternal.