Praying Christians & Circumstances
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
Difficult circumstances are something no one will pray for, yet they are blessings. As a child of God who has handed their life to Jesus Christ as the Lord, there is nothing that happens to that life that God does not know about, even if the devil caused the problem.
Look at the life of Job. The devil was behind all his misfortunes but God knew about it. God allowed those problems in order to test Job’s faith. It is time we look on the bright side of things that are causing us pain and bringing tears to our eyes. If we open our spiritual eyes we might see the hand of God, and if we open our spiritual eyes we may hear him use the circumstances to talk to us.
God uses circumstances to mould, shape, train, teach, and develop us in all areas, including spiritual, financial, mental, and physical situations. An example in the Scripture is the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis 39-41. Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt, where he became a slave to an officer of Pharaoh. Joseph was given the responsibility to manage the officer’s household. God was preparing Joseph and training him for the work he was about to do. God was also positioning Joseph to be in the right place for the work. Eventually, Joseph ended up in prison with the butler and baker who worked for Pharaoh. At the right time, Joseph was mentioned to Pharaoh so that he can be positioned to do exactly what God called him to do, which was to oversee the food supplies to people of Egypt and other regions around it during the famine years.
Joseph acknowledged the hand of God on his life when he met his brothers “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to save many people alive, as is happening today.” Genesis 50:20
One thing for certain is that if we hand over our life to Jesus Christ as the Lord, he will lead us by his Spirit into the direction our life should take. This is not about accepting Jesus as our Saviour. It is about dedicating our life to follow him in all our ways, when we feel like it and when we do not want to. It is about accepting that whatever situation we find ourselves in there is a reason for it, and God has a plan for our life. Sometimes it is to teach our hands to war, just as David said “blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” Psalm 144:1.
The Christian journey is not paved with milk and honey all the way. The road is rough, thorny, and there are wolves and lions on the way. We will climb up mountains and go down valleys. We will cross through waters and pass through fire. Along the journey, God will train us in using our authority in Jesus name to fight spiritual battles, and use our weapons of spiritual warfare to defend ourselves in the spiritual realm. He will teach us about his love, his ways, and his power. We will learn how he defends us, protects us, and comforts us. We will pick up skills, knowledge, experience and wisdom to fulfil the work he called us to do. He uses our circumstances to develop us spiritually and in all other areas of life.
He would let us know the errors of our ways and understand why he chastised us. He will show us things that we need to understand and lead us in the way that we should go. He will talk to us through your situation so that our mind and heart can learn to concentrate on him, and for us to draw closer to him through prayers. He uses circumstances to call us into his inner chamber. Our prayers and tears will tell us something about him. Our laughter will increase our knowledge of him.
He will use our financial situation to teach us how to handle finances and his blessings. For example, if we lack money to buy things, may be that is the time we need to strengthen our faith in God and see what he can do.
God will use the consequences of our own words and actions to teach us about him. He will open our eyes and ears to increase our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and the way the Holy Spirit operates. If we remain faithful through the trial period we will see the manifestation of the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in us at a level we have not experienced before. Our prayer life will keep us holding on to him. The more sensitive we are to the Holy Spirit the more we will see him talking to us through our situation.
“Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
God will communicate with us as an individual. The closer we are to him the more sensitive we will be spiritually to hear, see, and understand how he communicates his love, his chastisement, his directions, his instructions, and his guidance to us through various ways.
Above all “be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8. “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus “ Philippians 4:7.