What to do when you’ve prayed and prayed for relief from a difficult and painful circumstance…

We experience difficult, trying circumstances and cry out to the Lord for relief… Sometimes it comes… sometimes it doesn’t! We cry out to the Lord to help us again and again… we persist in prayer! We do what the Bible says and “keep on asking – and keep on knocking” (cp. Matthew 7:7-8)… Nothing happens! No answer! No relief! What to do?

This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I think I got a helpful answer from Apostle Paul’s experience… This is what he had to say about a similar experience…

“A thorn in the flesh was given to me – a messenger of Satan to trouble me! … I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you! My power is made perfect in weakness!’ So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ – for whenever I am weak, then I am strong!” (from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the NET Bible)

I know, our experiences are not quite the same as Paul’s (his experience was permitted to keep him from becoming arrogant because of the extraordinary character of the revelations he had received). Yet I think we can learn a valuable lesson from his experience for the times we have prayed and prayed for relief from painful experiences and no answer seems to come. So, based upon Paul’s experience, this is what I think I’m going to do in times like that…

I’m going to keep on praying and trust the Lord… I’m going to listen for His voice… If I hear him say deep within my heart, “My grace is enough for you! My power is made perfect in weakness!” Then I’m going to RESIGN myself to the situation (and Him) in confident trust! And I’m going RESOLVE to depend on Him to provide the strength and grace to glorify Him in the midst of my trial until He chooses to bring relief (perhaps sometime in this life… or maybe ultimately in heaven)! I think Paul had it right… He said, “Whenever I am weak, then I am strong!”

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