Rejoice ahead of time

Rejoice ahead of time

You, O Triune God, are our unfailing Rock, our unassailable Fortress, our undefeatable Deliverer. When the darkness closes in, when pain and sickness come, when disappointment dominates and failure flows, you are there, making sure we have enough grace, that we can move through in faith, giving you great glory in trust.

Praise you for these opportunities you give to fulfill the purpose for which we were created: giving you honor. And the most frequent and best way to do this is through giving praise and thanks before we get any answers, rejoicing in our weakness and your greatness, in our difficulties and your power.

As you said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Then Paul responded with, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness SO THAT the power of Christ may rest on me.” He embraced his weakness, realizing it was partnering with you, and that it would open the way for your power to flow into his life.

I praise you now, Lord Jesus, for all you are doing in the unresolved things before us, with my wife’s depression, [from which she has since recovered], with the uncertainty of how to proceed. I praise you for your perfect timing, your help, protection, deliverance and guidance that will come. I see none of this now but know that you will provide at just the right time. Praise be to you forever and ever for who you are, for all you are doing and will do.


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