Day 4: Don’t Pray Away

Today’s Reading:
Day 4 / Don’t Pray Away (pages 32-36)

My ah-ha from today’s reading:

“We’re often so anxious to get out of difficult, painful, or challenging situations that we fail to grow through them…We’re so focused on God changing our circumstances that we never allow God to change us!”

Nobody wants to stay in those difficult situations.

Nobody.

I need God to give me a different lens to see through. I need a filter to think through challenging situations.

I’m reminded of the prayer that says this all so beautifully:

serenity prayer

What if for the next 40 days we see life through this lens? One that says, “God, I’m OK with where you have me. Change my heart and draw me closer to You through difficulties.”

How about you? What stood out the most from your reading? What lens do you need God to give you in this season?

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7 thoughts on “Day 4: Don’t Pray Away

  1. I just read this quote from First 5 this morning that talks about why the Israelites had to go through such intense pain and suffering as God’s chosen people. It goes sooo well with what we read today in the prayer challenge:

    “Because our all-knowing God always sees the bigger picture and has a greater purpose. He uses our times of trial and hardship to purge sin from our lives, to strengthen our walk with Him, to force us to depend on Him, to bind us together in community, and to cause us to know and trust Him more. Isaiah speaks this truth clearly in Isaiah 48:10, “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” (NIV)”

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  2. Ok – one more comment for today. My Jesus Calling devotional had the same theme about trusting God and seeing life through His perspective – this is sooo good!!

    “I want you to learn a new habit. Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus,” in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, think about who I AM in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.

    This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective—through the Light of My universal Presence—fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what.”

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  3. Friends – as you read this today, would you lift up a little boy named Landry? He is 1 year old and is a hemophiliac. His mom and dad had to rush him to the children’s hospital last night. Found out he has a double ear infection. They took some bloodwork while there, but sent them home. His mom got a call early this morning to bring him back asap. Something was not right with his bloodwork. He is likely being admitted today. Pray for his mom and dad too – Brooke and Don. Pray for healing, wisdom for the doctors and for rest for all of them. Thank you for praying for this sweet family!

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  4. Prayers for this family.

    There was a definitely a theme with the devotions today, I think God has a message for us today! For some of us that are a little more hardheaded He wanted us to get it one way or the other- I read two out of the three of these! Difficult situations will come, pray through them. Learn from them. Draw closer to God through them.

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  5. If I had read my chapter today BEFORE writing in my prayer journal, I would not have asked God to change my circumstances! I will be a little more patient and see how He wants to change me instead of my circumstances!

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