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Persevering through the Pain

I’ve always been challenged by Romans 5:3-5:

“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Recently, I studied the psalms that David wrote to learn what I could about persevering through hard times, since David certainly knew what trouble and tribulation were all about!

Here are the top 10 points I found – to persevere through trials, when you pray be sure to:

1. Take the pain to God (Psalm 142:1-2)

2. Be honest about how hard it is (Psalm 69:1-3)

3. Be practical in your requests (Psalm 70)

4. Examine your heart to see if sin plays a role in the problem (Psalm 7:3-5)

5. Correct your perspective to focus on God (Psalm 56:3-4)

6. Worship the Lord (Psalm 57:7-11)

7. Seek to know the Lord (Psalm 63:1-8)

8. Take time to be silent (Psalm 62:1-2)

9. Bring it back to God at the end of every prayer (Psalm 13)

10. Keep praying (Psalm 55:16-17)

Amen and amen.

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