Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
—Romans 5:3-5 (English Standard Version)
Dearest Abba, Father, Look at us with Your compassionate and merciful eyes.Turn Your ears toward our cry. We tremblingly acknowledge that the reason Your promises are not fulfilled in our lives is because our character is not in place. We confess that a lot of refining is needed to conform our character to Your liking. Our beloved Father, weighed down under the burden of our trials and sufferings, we cast myself at Your feet, that You may renew our strength and our courage, while we rest here in Your Presence. Permit me to lay down all our burdens at Your Sacred feet, for only Your infinite goodness can sustain us; only Your love can help us bear our cross; only Your powerful hand can lighten its weight. Yahweh, the Mighty God, whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted, we yearn to live in You. Help us find rest in You while You take care of all our problems so that we may praise You wholeheartedly without a care in the world. We thank You that You are aware of all our physical, spiritual, emotional and material needs. In the rock solid name of Jesus Christ upon which we stand and seek you, we pray. Amen.