A Prayer of the Persevering

Paul promises that we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). We long for a world without sin, and wish our loved ones didn’t have to face difficulty. But we will all face temptation, sin, and difficulties. This contemplative prayer is based on some of the verses that Corrie Ten Boom prayed through during her time in prison and concentration camps after the Nazi’s invaded her homeland of Holland. So let us pray for ourselves, our families, our churches, to know the One who will never forsake us, and whose plans will always prevail:

O Lord, we praise You, for “You are good, and You do good” (Psalm 119:68). Fill us with Your goodness, the fruit of Your Spirit, that we may walk in ways that delight You, and enable us to experience your deep joy.

Remind us that we are Your treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6), help us to know what a treasure You are to us likewise. Realign our hearts, so that our greatest desire for ourselves and others would be that we would know You, and know Your love that surpasses all knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19). Forgive us for trying to ‘play god’ by creating a life of ease. We live in a world full of the effects of sin. We turn with confidence to You, our Advocate, who ever lives to intercede for us! You are our strength, in You we who know You are conquerors, we will overcome!

When we face the trials of this world, strengthen us to walk with others rather than isolating ourselves; finding strength in You we will display a true faith in the One who moves mountains. We will cling to the fact that nothing can separate us from Your love. Guide us (Psalm 32:8) as we walk through difficulties, that we would ever be pointing others to You–the One who overcame the world. Amen

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