Dearest heavenly Father,
You have so constructed this world that it has become, for us, a place to prepare for eternity. Help us to get our hearts in the right place and keep them there – focused on you and not on ourselves, our possessions or our worldly pleasures. Help us to use what material goods we have to serve you and prepare ourselves treasure in heaven.
Help us to see our trials as a gift from you, especially designed to train us and lead us to Jesus. Your servant James once wrote (James 1:2-4) that we should, “Count it all joy, my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
That’s what we want to be – “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” To the extent that we must endure trials, experience pain and undergo suffering, let it be for your glory and the honor of the name of Jesus Christ.