As Christians, we often hear the phrase, “Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” This may seem counterintuitive, but it is based on the belief that challenges and hardships can ultimately lead to personal growth and a deeper faith. In this article, we will explore why we should not pray for an easy life and what we can do to strengthen our faith in the midst of difficulties.
Challenges Lead to Growth
When we face difficult circumstances, we are often forced to step out of our comfort zone and rely on God’s strength. This can lead to personal growth and a deeper understanding of our faith. In James 1:2-4, we are reminded that trials produce perseverance, which in turn leads to maturity and completeness.
The same is true in any area of life. If you want to grow your muscles, they need to be challenged. It’s only from the consistent challenge that they will get the message they need to grow. If your walk with Jesus is easy and comfortable, you will not grow. For us to become like Christ, we need to face obstacles like he had to face, knowing that he can understand our struggles.
The Example of Jesus
Jesus himself did not lead an easy life. He faced rejection, persecution, and death on the cross. However, through his suffering, he was able to demonstrate his love and faithfulness to God. As his followers, we are called to emulate his example, trusting that God will use our hardships for his glory.
We tend to have a weak theology of suffering. The Prosperity Gospel is so attractive because it avoids all talk of sin and suffering. Instead, it fits nicely into the American dream. It makes you feel like following God means you will have riches and success. The reality is that following God is going to cost you your life, but for it, you will become a new creation in Christ.
Prayer for Strength
Instead of praying for an easy life, we should pray for the strength to endure difficult circumstances. In Philippians 4:13, we are reminded that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We can face any challenge with confidence and courage through prayer and reliance on God’s power.
You have to be strong in this world, but that strength does not come from yourself. You don’t get strong in the weight room but rely on the Lord. It’s only in our weaknesses that we recognize our need for Jesus. The best thing you can do is pray for the Lord to draw near. When we yield to the Spirit, we will have the strength to do the will of God.
Perseverance in the Face of Difficulty
When we face difficulties, giving up or becoming discouraged can be tempting. However, we are called to persevere and trust that God will use our struggles for his purposes. In Romans 5:3-5, we are reminded that suffering produces perseverance, which leads to character, and, ultimately, hope.
The difficulty is the ingredient we need to put our hope in Christ. Think about this for a second. Why do most billionaires not confess that Jesus is Lord? It’s because they have everything they need right here in this world? They want to live forever because they have a kingdom; they don’t want to die. But when you suffer greatly, you must look for hope outside of yourself because you realize you can’t do it alone.
In conclusion, we should not pray for an easy life but rather for the strength to endure difficult circumstances. We can grow in our faith through challenges and become more like Jesus. By relying on God’s strength and persevering in the face of adversity, we can demonstrate our love and faithfulness to him. Let us trust God’s power and purpose, knowing he will use our struggles for glory.
Biblical endurance will change your life because of who Jesus is. When Christ is with you, nothing can ultimately destroy you. No challenge in this world will stand up to the test of time. If money is your issue, Jesus is bigger than any dollar amount. If loneliness is your issue, you will eventually sit at the father’s right hand.