Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Dear Lord Jesus, I have rarely seen so much insight packed into so few words as there are in this three-part challenge from your Apostle Paul. Hope does bring joy for me. Please help me to hope in your promises and not in my circumstances. Becoming impatient when I am troubled is a challenge for me. I appreciate being reminded that you have empowered me to be patient and expect me to put your power to work and settle down. And being faithful in prayer is a gentle breeze blowing away the fog of anxiety that clouds my soul when I forget that I can off load my cares and concerns to you. Give me more hope, more patience, and more interest in prayer. In this way, help me fight the good fight of faith. Thank you for loving and forgiving me through it all. AMEN
When the rubber meets the road, that's when you see what your spiritual tires are made of. If your tread is wearing thin, go to Jesus for some new tires.
Additional Readings: Matthew 6:25-34, 1 Thessalonians 5:17