Thursday, March 3, 2011

Embracing Struggle: A Morning Prayer

Photograph by Drew Collins

Much of our spiritual growth in life comes from struggle. If we are willing to embrace the challenges and trials that God allows in our lives, he will use them to train us, strengthen us and transform us.

Following up on my last blog, here is a prayer that I’ve been praying most mornings for the past few months. It has been very helpful for me to get the right mindset for the day. It prepares me for the struggle—or whole colorful array of unexpected struggles—that will come my way!

Embracing Struggles Today
Today, Father, I embrace the struggles set before me, just as if I were wilderness camping.
By your grace, I will count it all joy as I face a whole bouquet of trials today.

I will face struggles at work head on and grow through them.
With responsibilities at home, I will be proactive.
I renounce being passive.

In my interaction at work and home, I welcome relational challenges instead of avoiding them.
In all of these I will please you, O Lord.

Rather than seeing these challenges as unnecessary inconveniences or debilitating hassles, I will embrace them as opportunities to grow.
Let me view them from your perspective, O Lord—divinely appointed occasions for you to work in my life! Amen.

© 2011 Glenn E. Myers

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