Heavenly Father, please help us find Your mercy and goodness when trials and the storms of life come our way.
If we are prone to grumble and complain, may the Holy Spirit convict our hearts and remind us to be thankful for Your promise of eternity because of the cross.
May we look for opportunities to comfort those around us who are suffering as well, so we can help hold each other up. We live in a fallen world, and although we cannot escape suffering, we know that heaven is our home and that the crown of life awaits those who stand firm in the faith, trusting that You have overcome the world and there is no reason to fear.
We give You praise and thanksgiving that You will never leave us alone to walk through suffering alone. Father, I pray that in Your sufficient grace I will stand firm in this evil day and in Your strength will patiently endure all the trial and tribulations that the enemy will strew in my path.
Thank You that Your grace is sufficient and I pray that I will not start to rely on my own abilities; provision and strength…. but appropriate all that You have given me in Christ — to Whom be all honor and praise.