Ever wonder why Christ followers still seem to have their fair share of troubles and problems?
Interestingly, Jesus never promised those who follow him a trouble-free life, contrary to what many preach today. Instead, he actually said that they would face some extra problems simply because they were now his followers (John 16:33). What he did promise was peace and complete access to God, even in their times of trouble, and the eventual assurance of victory. The difference when you become a Christ follower is not whether you will face trouble but with whom you will face it! And that’s a world of a difference.
Speaking of access to God, one of my life lessons has been leaning to ask God for things ‘in Jesus’ name’. This does not mean tacking a formula at the end of my prayers… but getting to know Jesus so well that my driving desire is to bring credit to him in every situation I face. So my prayers are no longer about me but what God desires for me. Praying in Jesus’ name is praying for with authority for what I know to be his will to happen. When my will agrees with God’s will for me… the impossible becomes possible!
Lord, help me to so know your purpose for me that I will receive impossible answers to prayer! And through whatever challenges I face today, help me to be encouraged, to have total peace; to tap into the full access I have with God and to rejoice because my victory is inevitable! AMEN