Trials, Temptations & Troubles

Dear Lord Jesus - I need you! Please use this trial in my life to mold me and shape me into the person that you want me to be. Help me not to resent it, but to welcome it as a friend. Please give me the faith and strength and endurance that I need. Keep me from melting under the pressure. Encourage me so I don’t run away. I surrender my life to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


“When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurances is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.” (James 1:2-4, PHILLIPS)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against meto devour me,it is my enemies and my foeswho will stumble and fall.Though an army besiege me,my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord,this only do I seek:that I may dwell in the house of the Lordall the days of my life,to gaze on the beauty of the Lordand to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:1-6)

For in the day of troublehe will keep me safe in his dwelling;he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tentand set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exaltedabove the enemies who surround me;at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;I will sing and make music to the Lord.