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Week 2: Day 5

The Power of Perseverance


James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything

This verse speaks to a common human experience—pain. Whether your pain is losing a loved one, losing a job, being betrayed, struggling with an addiction, wondering how to pay the bills, or something else—we all face pain. Even though the types of pain we face may not be the same, the impact is.

Yet, there is a positive side to pain. The old cliché says, “No pain, no gain.” There’s some truth to that saying. But I like James’ perspective even better. “Consider it pure joy”—not just joy but pure joy.

To be clear, James doesn’t say that trials themselves are joyful. He says to “consider” your trials as pure joy. It’s a choice to perceive your trials differently.

Why would you want to see pain as joyful? Because of what it produces in your life. When you respond to trials the right way, it produces perseverance and spiritual maturity. The power of perseverance is the ability to overcome the pain and trials we face.

So how do you respond to pain the right way?

First, bring your pain to God. Don’t run from God because you’re hurting. Come to Him. If you’re mad at God, tell Him. He can take it, and He can take your pain.

Second, surrender to God. Even when life doesn’t turn out the way we expect, we can find hope in knowing God is in control, and He is good. When Jesus was in the garden, facing excruciating pain, he said these words: “Not my will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Surrender to God and ask what He’s teaching you.

Third, determine to do what’s right, and grow. Pain can cause us to make some really bad decisions in life. Don’t let it. Determine to keep treating people right and doing the right things. Honestly, that’s how we grow.

If there is something you’re struggling with today, ask God to give you His perspective on it. In painful moments, we can anchor our souls to the unshakable promises of our God. When we choose to run toward God in our trials, we allow our pain to be shaped into a testimony for His glory.

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Daily Prayer

Week 2

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:5,9 (ESV)

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)


Lord, we humble ourselves before you today in prayer. Our hearts are saddened by the reports coming from our own nation and around the world of the continued spread and devastation of COVID-19. Today we draw near to your “throne of grace” in confidence and faith knowing you will hear our prayer. Your word says that we are a “royal priesthood” and “a holy nation” – a people who once were in “darkness” without You. But You were merciful to us and called us out of darkness and into Your “marvelous light.” You are a God who is full of mercy, compassion, and grace. You said we can “receive mercy” in our “time of need.” We need Your help. We cry out to you, for our world is in a desperate place. COVID-19 has created a dire time of need, but we are standing in faith and on the promises of Your Word.

Today, we choose faith over fear, and worship over worry. We are believing that even as the Old Testament priests were used to stand in the gap as intercessors to see plagues and pestilence eradicated, so You will use the Church, Your royal priesthood today, to intercede and see COVID-19 eradicated from the globe.

Therefore, in the name of Jesus, who is declared in Scripture to be the High Priest of our faith, we stand with the Body of Christ, and take authority over the COVID-19 virus. We pray that COVID-19 – be eradicated; the victims – be healed; and the doctors, nurses, scientists, and first responders – be protected. We ask all these things in Your name, Jesus. Amen!

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