Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

In the space of a few sentences in Luke 23, the word  ‘save’ in different tenses, appears multiple times and that was interesting. It seemed as though everyone was saying ‘there should be a way out of this predicament, why haven’t you found it and why haven’t you taken it yet?

This is the real story of our day – our first prayer point is always the elimination of challenges when they arises because they disrupt our life of comfort. Hence, we want to be ‘saved from them. I came across a rather interesting message today:

I asked for strength
and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom
and God gave me problems to learn to solve.
I asked for prosperity
and God gave me a brain and brawn to work.

I asked for courage
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love
and God gave me people to help.
I asked for favours
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.

Let us therefore not be quick to pray every situation away because when discerned right, each of them can become blessings or lessons for our growth. Rather, let us pray to secure the presence of God in those situations and we would be alright.


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