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A Prayer for Resilience - Your Daily Prayer - April 17

Published: Apr 17, 2023

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A Prayer for Resilience
By Jessica Van Roekel

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -  Hebrews 10:23-25, ESV

When bad news hits, we can feel shaken. We may equate God’s love with peaceful, pleasant lives, but hard times allow us to experience his love in a new way. Trust and hope grow side by side, finding roots in God’s love. As we trust God in the bad times, our hope grows too. We grow resilient when we stand firm in faith in God and his love for us. Resiliency can be defined as the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from an illness, adversity, or a major life change. If a change is unwanted, like the death of a loved one or a surprise diagnosis, we can resist this change. Denial, anger, and grief are normal and healthy responses, but when we get stuck in them, they create problems with resiliency. Resiliency creates two pathways: to adjust or recover. Or as I like to say, to pivot.

Pivoting keeps the ball of one foot connected to the ground while rotating it to face a different direction. At times, God uses our unwanted experiences to get us to pivot. Often, we spend so much time wishing for what was, we miss the new direction he wants us to go or the new insight into his loving nature he wants us to know. Standing stuck means we view God’s love through the lens of our broken hearts, which creates an imperfect view of God’s love. Our new situation creates cracks, like a broken watch face, and we can’t see him clearly because of them. But when we view God’s love through the lens of the Word of God, we see a perfect love that casts out fear. We see a love that watched his son, Jesus, suffer a violent death so we might know him intimately as Father. It’s a love that gave all so we might know a hope that defies all human explanation.

When we base our understanding of God’s love on what we think he has done or not done for us, we will struggle with resilience. But when we base our understanding of God’s love on his character and his Word, we develop the ability to pivot, adjust, and recover from the difficulties we face. He is faithful, immovable, unwavering, steadfast, and devoted. Let us hold fast to hope by turning down the voice in our heads telling us things are hopeless because of how they look. When we focus on God’s faithfulness, we build resilience. As we do so, we can encourage others. Everyone faces circumstances they would rather not walk through. We build resiliency in ourselves and others when we remind each other about God’s faithfulness to us. We can speak encouragement about God to one another and resiliency spreads when we embrace a faith-filled life.

We draw near to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith sincerely believes in God and entrusts our life to his care for us. He helps us and gives us strength. The resiliency we so desperately need comes through this drawing near to him. God is faithful to meet us in our every need. He is big enough to handle our toughest problems. He is gracious enough to walk with us through the problems we face. An absence of difficulties doesn’t prove God’s love, and the overwhelming number of hardships we face doesn’t disprove his love. In the Gospel of John, Jesus told us that in this world we will have many troubles, but to take heart because he has overcome the world. There are times when my heart shakes. The world's brokenness weighs heavy, and when I add my troubles to my list of concerns, it becomes heavy enough to make me crumble under the burdens and walk away from God. I know what life is like without God in it. It’s harder, lonelier, and more chaotic. We can choose resilience instead, to trust God and place our hope in who he is and his promise to never leave nor forsake us.

Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father,

Thank you for who you are. Thank you that you make a way when there seems to be no way. Thank you for holding me close to your heart. Build in me resiliency of faith, joy, and hope. Set my feet on you, my solid rock. Let me not be shaken, but grow in me, faith and hope that sustains me when my world falls apart. I trust you through it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Jessica Van Roekel author headshotJessica Van Roekel loves the upside-down life of following Jesus as she journeys to wholeness through brokenness. As an author, speaker, and worship leader, she uses her gifts and experiences to share God’s transformative power to rescue, restore, and renew. She longs for you to know that rejection doesn’t have to define or determine your future when placed in God’s healing hands. Find out more reframingrejectionbook.com You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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Originally published Monday, 17 April 2023.