Is suffering an answer to my prayers?

Many of us pray to be more like Jesus. We pray to be perfected and to be patient. We pray to have hearts of humility and obedience. These types of prayers sound wonderful but do we really understand the implications of what we are praying? Have we thought about the reality that trouble and not comfort is often what brings an answer to these requests?

Perfection and patience doesn’t come from a steady stream of comfort but more from various trials that come our way. Read James 1:2-5 for a good dose of this truth. And for obedience, the scriptures tell us in Hebrews 5:8 that “even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things he suffered.” Yikes!  You want to be humble you say? Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus was humble because He gave up His rights and left His place of comfort in heaven. He became a servant and took on punishment He didn’t deserve by dying on the cross for our sins. He didn’t die a dignified death. Instead, He died a criminal’s death on the cross.

We should pray to be like Jesus. As believers, this type of prayer is very much in order. However, be sure that when the trials come you don’t complain but instead begin to rejoice, knowing your prayers are being answered!

4 thoughts on “Is suffering an answer to my prayers?”

  1. Anita says:

    It is not easy…hard times,or days put me in wondering how long I can take…noone is an island as they say..or I often asked myself,what is so wrong with me that I am on the bottom of prayer list…Warfare,or patience…both wrong …

    Today is complicate day..thanking for life,for good sister in Christ..,tomorow hope for better.

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Praying the Lord’s grace will meet you in whatever you are going through. Be encouraged!

  2. Angie Latimer says:

    Dear Sister Anika, oh, how I needed to read this. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Angie (sister Coulter’s cousin)

    1. Anika Jones says:

      Hello Sis Angie! So excited to have read your comment. Praise God for knowing what we need! 🙂

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