WEEK 2, DAY 5
Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)
Read Philippians 1:12-30
No pain, no gain…I hate that
I often do everything I can to avoid suffering. I don’t even like inconveniences or delays, but Paul seems to think that suffering is something that our Father grants us on behalf of Christ. In Philippians 3:10, Paul says that he wants to share in Christ’s suffering. If that’s not enough, Paul said in Romans 5:1-6 that rejoicing in suffering helps us understand the love of God that has (past tense) been poured in our hearts.
How do you understand suffering in your life?
How do you understand sacrifice for the gospel and those you love?
Do you ever rejoice in God in the middle of suffering?
The first week there was guided prayer, but from this point on I encourage you to talk honestly with God from your own heart. This is a relationship, not a formula. Remember, prayer is always an invitation from God to be with him (Revelation 3:20), not a way to rub the magic bottle to get what we want. Prayer always changes me first, but is also used by God to change the world.
If this is new to you, use this guide.