I overheard two women wondering why some babies suffer at birth.
One chose to believe that God is not powerful enough to answer prayer or prevent suffering.
The other chose to believe that we pray to an omnipotent God whose His ways are higher than ours (from Jeremiah 32:17; Isaiah 55:9).
Seized, dragged, attacked, stripped, beaten with rods, inflicted with many blows, thrown into prison, their feet fastened in stocks; all because they proclaimed salvation.
Their response? About midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.
Then what? God intervened and the jailer and all his house believed in the Lord Jesus (read the story in Acts 16:16-34).
The next family could be yours.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient . . . One stormy night I tossed on my bed, unable to sleep as I thought of the terrible sufferings of our soldiers and sailors. I spent an hour in agonizing prayer. ~Abraham Lincoln
Wise leaders pray.
The Lord’s love is unfailing. We never suffer alone.
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9).
As you pray though suffering, remember God is here.
The great things of life are bestowed only upon those who pray. But we learn to pray best in suffering. – Peter Wust
Grief-stricken, many women trailed behind Jesus as he carried the cross. But He endured that cross for the joy set before Him (from Luke 23:26-27; Hebrews 12:2).
Suffering brings agony.
Pray for eyes to see the joy beyond pain.