We used to have a friend who had a sometimes difficult husband (he was lovely really!) and we would ask her how she coped with him? Her response was always the same – she prayed for ‘more grace’ each day.
When people and situations become challenging it can become very discouraging. This can become magnified if these issues either multiply or continue for any length of time. Most of us experience periods in our lives where everything that can go wrong does go wrong (we’ve all been there!) Perhaps you are experiencing one such period right now. Perhaps the problems and challenges are piling up. Perhaps someone in your world is literally ‘giving you hell.’
The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to consider Jesus’ example;
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses……let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Jesus, endured both opposition and the cross in order that He would experience the joy of resurrection and the salvation of mankind that awaited Him. He kept His focus ahead towards all that God had promised. His focus was upon the joy that was to follow the opposition, challenges and suffering.
So if you’re feeling discouraged today, can I encourage you to consider all that Jesus experienced and perhaps ask for more grace. I’m sure Jesus Himself, in those early mornings and times away from the crowds, must have requested ‘more grace’ from His Father. He didn’t just tolerate the demanding crowds, the judgemental Pharisees and the, at times, thoughtless and misunderstanding disciples. He also found fresh grace each day to love them, teach them and care for them.
Thank God today, in the midst of all you face, in the midst of sometimes graceless, thoughtless people and discouraging circumstances and situations, that His Grace is sufficient for all that you face today….
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Thank you Father that in all I face today and every day, that your grace is sufficient for me. I bring before you all my challenging people and difficult situations. I ask for more grace and I forgive all those who are making my life difficult right now. Father bless them. I choose to delight in my weaknesses in order that your grace and incredible favour might rest upon me and in my weakness I ask you to supply me with fresh enthusiasm, energy and strength for the life you have given me. Help me to be a blessing to others today in spite of all I face. In Jesus name. Amen
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