I thank God for the body of Christ. I thank God for the pastors and leaders that He has given us. I’m eternally grateful for the church and the services that runs every weekends. Such a great time where believers can come together to praise and worship our King 👑.
Every time when I attend service, I’m always very touched by the presence of God. I am honored to sit at the feet of my leaders to hear the Word of God. The Word preached is always so relevant and applicable in my life. It was as if there is no one else and God is speaking directly to me.
Today service was so awesome. My pastor preached on how to pray when going through difficult times.
Everyone go through difficult circumstances and situations that are beyond our control. It can be a frustrating time where our faith is tested. Nothing makes sense. All the hard work and efforts made seems wasted and meaningless.
Renew Our Mind
As believers, we do not think and behave like the world. Neither do we sink into despair nor curse God when things are tough. We can always have hope no matter how dark our circumstances may be. We are a blessed people who have God with us.
““For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?” ~Deuteronomy 4:7-8 NKJV
We need to resist the temptations to think thoughts of unbelief. We must allow Word of God to renew our mind. We need to discard our old mindset and think like how God thinks.
A negative mind cannot produce a positive life
How to pray during difficult times?
Many people live in denial and fantasy. Instead of facing reality, they believe the lies that they want to believe. It does help to numb the pain and sustain them in the short term. But a person living in denial and fantasy cannot receive the breakthrough God want to give them.
We have to be honest and transparent with God. He knows everything anyway. We can pray and cry out to God. We can pour out our hearts to Him instead of telling ourselves everything is alright. He will deliver us.
When we read the Psalms in the Bible, we often see how King David pour out his heart to God. He also renew his commitment and loyalty. He declare the promises of God and surrender the situation to Him. Trusting God will deliver Him.
Psalm 3 was a psalm written by King David when he was going through a very hard time. His own son Absalom led a troop to overthrow him as king. It’s not only a national crisis but also a personal one. As he escaped from the city, he met people who mocked and criticized him.
“LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “ There is no help for him in God.” Selah But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah”
Psalms 3:1-8 NKJV
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.”
Proverbs 4:25 NKJV
When going through tough times, do not look to the left or right. Its tempting to look at the winds and waves in the storm. But we only need to look at God. Peter started to sink when he changed his focus to the winds and waves. To walk on water, we have to look at Jesus. Focus on Him. Go to His word and meditate on His faithfulness.
Sometimes I am tempted to compare myself to others. I have so many ‘whys’ and that leads me to more confusion and not peace. We can’t be contented with what we have when we allow our eyes to wander.
In psalm 3, we can see King David bring up his problems to God and he declare the glory and promises of God. He believe God is able to deliver him. Salvation belongs to the Lord!
When we pray and cry out to God, keep our eyes on Him, we must also trust Him. We do not trust in chariots and horses but in God. We do not trust in man and in our own abilities. We do not use unscrupulous means to achieve what we desire. We do not want to produce Ishmaels but Isaccs, son of the promise.
We must believe He loves us deeply and has a plan for us. We cannot act on our own understanding or logic. We cannot depend on external support. We must depend only on God.
Faith is not passive. Faith is not inaction. Faith is resting in God. When we trust God, we enter into His rest. An inward rest that God is in control. We no longer allow anxiety and fear to torment and control us.
At the marketplace, we must not allow selfish ambitions, greed or wealth to consume us. God is our partner and when we do our part, He will do His. In our ministry, we must remember we are serving God, not man. We cannot allow offenses and praises of man to enter our hearts.
- “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 NKJV
- “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
When we have done our part, we must be expectant. Especially when circumstances are really bad. When we go to God, renew our faith in Him, continue to cry out to Him and declare the promises of God. He is faithful and delights and giving good things to His children.
Every morning, we wake up with great expectations. Expect greatness and goodness. This will help us to change our mindset and focus. We do not want to do things on autopilot where we wake up, go through daily routine and miss out what God is trying to show us. When we live expectantly, we live intentionally and not autopilot.
Be prepared for a miracle. It can happen anytime.
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
~Psalms 62:5-8 NKJV
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. ~Psalm 5:3
“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” ~Psalms 35:27 NKJV