My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
-It is part of Christian life to endure trials which builds up our faith. Like Job who was tested severely through loss of all his children and possessions, but remained firm in faith and God blessed him immensely. Each one of us faces temptations uniquely which ultimately makes us realize that we need the grace of God every time and cannot succeed without God. Patience is a result of faith which is established through trials. It is also a key principle which is equated to works of faith. Without faith we cannot please God and when we ask we are called to have full confidence in God so that we may receive our requests. Like Abraham the father of faith, when God made a promise to him, He swore by Himself since there was no one greater saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised (Heb 6:12-15). We are therefore called to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised, for God is faithful and His promises are true and right.
O heavenly Father, we thank You for Your everlasting love and mercy upon us. We humbly ask You Jesus to deliver us from all evil and lead us not into temptations. Increase our faith Holy Spirit and help us to be patient in You despite the trials that we face. We pray that you may help us to wait on You in our prayers, petitions and supplications for all Your promises are yes and amen. Fill us with the gift of wisdom Holy Spirit we humbly ask You and shower us with Your eternal grace. Strengthen our hearts everyday Lord through faith that we may keep pushing on even when the going gets tough. In You only Lord can we find safety, purpose, direction, life and satisfaction, engulf us always with Your love. Amen
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