Entry 014 Praying to Avoid Bad Situations
When we live a life of purpose, on purpose, with a plan, and a vision we can expect certain outcomes in life. When we work hard, get a good education, take care of our bodies, and make good personal decisions, we can expect our lives to have positive results. But sometimes bad things happen to good people. Occasionally the person with the plan ends up in the same situation as the person who made no preparations for their future. Being a Christian, paying your tithes, living uprightly does not ensure that negative things won’t happen to us. God rains on the just as well as the unjust, and he that walks upright will suffer persecution. At times we cannot avoid bad situations because God allows them for His divine purpose. God may not always move our mountains, but give us the strength to climb them. Other times God may want us to speak to our own mountains so that they can be removed. We have to get into His presence so we discern His plan. Experiencing bad situations doesn’t give us the right to live a purposeless life, with no plan, drive or enthusiasm expecting the worst. Nor do negative circumstances give us the license to wallow in self-pity, or use it as an excuse to not move forward. It just means that we must understand that our plan may not be God’s plan for our lives. It also alludes to the fact that God doesn’t waste anything. Every experience, good and bad, God causes to work out for our good. And when we surrender ourselves to Him, we are giving the Lord permission to be Lord over our lives, and to allow His will to be done. So we don’t have to live in fear of bad things happening to us. Every day we live, there is a chance that something unplanned and unpleasant will occur. Instead we can walk in the confidence that God is in control, that He has a good plan for our lives, and that He will put no more on us than we can bear. We can stand on the fact that God has empowered us through the finished work of Jesus Christ to live a life of victory and authority over the enemy and over our circumstances. God has given us the power in our mouths and in our minds to overcome any situation in our lives. We can command our circumstances to line up with the will of God by speaking His word and renewing our minds with correct thinking about ourselves, our lives, and our Lord. If it is God’s will, He will provide a way of escaping bad situations that will destroy us, or He will give us the grace and strength to go through the ones that will make us strong.
Simple Sample Prayer:
Father God, we realize that our spiritual muscles are being built up in the tough times. Help us to realize that we cannot always avoid bad situations; trouble will come to us in this fallen world whether we look for it or not. Help us to stay the course, and to change our perspective on our pain. We know that all things, good, bad or indifferent, will eventually work together for our good. And when we are tried in the fire, we will come out as pure gold. Help us to keep the faith, learn from every situation, and trust your plan so that we can see the good in every circumstance. For we know that God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.