Prayer For The Difficulties Of Life My Son Is Facing

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Prayer For The Difficulties Of Life My Son Is Facing

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He, who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Тот, кто становится зверем, избавляется от человеческой боли.

Если ты отпустил прошлое, это не значит, что прошлое отпустило тебя.
If you let your past go, it doesn’t mean that your past will let you go.

Не разрывай с прошлым, пока не уверен в своем будущем.
Don’t break up with your past until you’re sure in your future.

Люди радуются солнцу, а я мечтаю о луне.
People rejoice at the Sun, and I’m dreaming of the Moon.

Когда начинаешь много думать о прошлом, оно становиться настоящим, и ты уже не видишь будущего без него.
When you start thinking a lot about your past, it becomes your present and you can’t see your future without it.

Мы ненавидим тех, кого любим, потому что они способны причинить нам больше всего страданий.
We hate the ones we love because they can cause the deepest suffering.

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Музыка создаёт чувства, которых нет в жизни.
Music creates the feelings which you can’t find in life.

Неизбежная цена, которую мы платим за счастье, — извечный страх его потерять.
The inevitable price we pay for our happiness is eternal fear to lose it.

Только спустившись в бездну, можно обрести сокровище.
Only having descended the gulf, you can acquire treasure.

Каждый человек отдает без остатка другому человеку то, чего ему самому не хватало.
Every person gives away everything to another person what he lacked himself.

Иногда полезно вспомнить прошлое, чтобы сильнее ценить настоящее.
It is useful sometimes to recall your past in order to stronger value your present.

Человек всегда боится неизвестности, ведь то, что известно, не так страшно.
A man is always afraid of the unknown, because what is known is less scary.

Страх делает умных глупцами и сильных слабыми.
Fear transfers the clever into the silly, and makes the strong be the weak.

Нет ничего страшного в темноте, если ты встретишься с ней лицом к лицу.
There is nothing scary in the darkness, if you encounter it face-to-face.

Cамые опасные демоны живут в наших сердцах.
The most dangerous demons live in our hearts.

Каждый человек видит мир по своему.
Everyone sees the world in one’s own way.

Помни, что нет тюрьмы, страшнее чем в голове.
Remember that the most dangerous prison is the one in your head.

У каждого своя дорога.
Everyone has one’s own path.

Пламя отпылало, остается пепел, радость миновала, остается грусть.
The flame has burnt away, the ash remained, the joy has gone, the sadness remained.

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Never Give up (англ.) — Никогда не сдавайся.

Лучше мечты и идеалы, чем ничего…
It’s better to have ideals and dreams than nothing…

Память греет изнутри и в то же время рвет на части душу.
The memory warms you up inside, but it also breaks your soul apart.

Если я когда-нибудь сдамся, то лишь из милости к победителю.
If I ever surrender, it’ll happen only in mercy to the winner.

Я помню очень многое, именно поэтому мне иногда чертовски грустно.
I remember too much, that’s why I’m damn sad sometimes.

Кто не любит одиночества — тот не любит свободы.
He, who does not love loneliness, does not love freedom.

Иногда хочется испариться, чтоб тебя ни кто ни видел, чтоб все плохое прошло мимо…
Sometimes you want to vanish, not to be seen by anyone, you want all the bad things to pass by…

Не позволяй своему разуму убить твое сердце и душу.
Don’t let your mind kill your heart and soul.

Меня греет только моя мечта.
Only my dream keeps me alive.

Каждый сам творец своей судьбы.
Everyone is the creator of one’s own fate.

Зачастую, мы умираем в своих же мечтах.
We frequently die in our own dreams.

Будьте внимательны к своим мыслям — они начало поступков.
Be careful with your thoughts – they are the beginning of deeds.

Каждый прошел через что-то, что изменило его.
Everyone underwent something that changed him.

Я помню все, что я забыла…
I remember everything what I ‘ve forgotten…

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Пока дышу — люблю и верю.
While I’m breathing — I love and believe.

Все что нам нужно — это любовь.
All we need is love.

Получу всё, что захочу.
I’ll get everything I want.

Бог не делает ошибок.
God never makes errors.

Помни, кто ты есть.
Remember who you are.

Любовь всей моей жизни.
The love of my life.

Одна любовь на всю жизнь.
One lifelong love.

Уважай прошлое, создавай будущее!
Respect the past, create the future!

Мой хранитель всегда со мной.
My guardian is always with me.

Будь верен тому, кто верен тебе.
Be loyal to the one who is loyal to you.

Ангел мой всегда со мной.
My angel is always with me.

Жизнь прекрасна.
Life is beautiful.

Лучшее в нашей жизни — это любовь.
The best thing in our life is love.

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Наслаждайся каждым моментом.
Enjoy every moment.

Ангел.
Angel.

Демон.
Demon.

Одна жизнь — одно мгновение.
A life is a moment.

Никогда не смотри назад.
Never look back.

Живи без сожалений.
Live without regrets.

У терпения больше власти, чем у силы.
Tolerance is more powerful than force.

Follow your heart.
Следовать за своим сердцем.

Dad, I love you.
Папа, я тебя люблю.

Never say never.
Никогда не говори никогда.

My dreams come true.
Мои мечты сбываются.

I will get everything I want.
Я получу все, что я хочу.

Forever young.
Вечно молодой.

Endless love.
Бесконечная любовь.

I shall not live in vain.
Я не буду жить напрасно.

Let it be.
Пусть это будет.

To live forever.
Жить вечно.

Never look back.
Никогда не оглядываюсь назад.

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
Упасть семь раз, встать восемь.

Feel the rain on your skin.
Чувствуй дождь на своей коже.

The earth is my body. My head is in the stars.
Земля — мое тело. Моя голова в звездах.

Вера.*
*Прим. переводчика:имеет два перевода Faith — вера в бога, доверие человеку.

Belief — убежденность, мнение.

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Fighting for life.
Борьба за жизнь.

Killing is not a murder.
Умерщвление — не убийство.

Now or never.
Сейчас или никогда.

То be or not to be.
Быть или не быть.

Wait and see.
Поживем – увидим.

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
Ничего не делая, мы учимся дурным делам.

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Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much. Всегда прощайте ваших врагов, ничто не раздражает их больше.

Оскар Уайлд

I am not young enough to know everything. Я не настолько молод, чтобы знать все.

Оскар Уайлд

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Иллюзия — высшее наслаждение.

Оскар Уайлд

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. Человек меньше всего похож на себя, когда говорит от своего имени. Дайте ему маску, и он расскажет всю правду.

Оскар Уайлд

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forever young (англ.) — вечно молодая.

Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse. Не знать плохо, не хотеть знать — еще хуже.

Африканская пословица

Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it. Успех сам не приходит к Вам… Вы идете к нему.

Марва Коллинз

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. Кто не может изменить свои воззрения, не может изменить ничего.

Бернард Шоу

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Две вещи бесконечны: вселенная и человеческая глупость; и я еще не уверен насчет вселенной.

Альберт Эйнштейн

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Быть до конца честным с самим собой — непростая задача.

Зигмунд Фрейд

Every solution breeds new problems. Каждое решение порождает новые проблемы.

Закон Мерфи

Everything takes longer than you think. Любое дело занимает больше времени, чем вы предполагаете.

Закон Мерфи

If you want to be somebody, somebody really special, be yourself! Хочешь быть кем-то, кем-то действительно особенным — будь собой!

Автор неизвестен

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all. Жить — редчайшее в мире явление. Большинство людей просто существуют.

Оскар Уайлд

Wisdom is knowing how little we know. Мудрость — это знать, насколько мало мы знаем.

Оскар Уайлд

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Опыт — это просто слово, которым мы называем свои ошибки.

Оскар Уайлд

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Доброта, даже самая маленькая, никогда не пропадает даром.

Эзоп

It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters. Наши страсти похожи на огонь и воду — они хорошие слуги, но плохие хозяева.

Эзоп

The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure. Единственное в жизни, что дается без усилий — это неудача.

Автор неизвестен

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. Мечта становится целью, когда предпринято действие для ее достижения.

Бо Беннет

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Never Say Never (англ.) — Никогда не говори никогда.

Success is not in what you have, but who you are. Успех не в том, что имеешь, а в том, что ты из себя представляешь.

Бо Беннет

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. Я узнал, что жесток тот, кто слаб, благородство — удел сильных.

Лео Ростен

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. Мы славны не тем, что никогда не падаем, а тем, что встаем всякий раз когда это случилось.

Конфуций

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Не важно насколько медленно ты движешься, главное не останавливаться.

Конфуций

Music is the soul of language. Музыка — это душа языка.

Макс Гендель

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. Жизнь как иностранный язык, все произносят её неправильно.

Кристофер Морли

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart. Роза говорит о любви без звука, языком известным только сердцу.

Автор неизвестен

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If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal. Если кто-то думает что любовь и мир — это клише которое надо было бы оставить в шестидесятых, то это их проблемы. Любовь и мир вечны.

Джон Леннон

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. Одно слово освобождает нас от всех тяжестей и болей жизни: это слово — любовь.

Софокл

Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Всякий раз, когда мы любим, и всякий раз, когда мы отдаем – это Рождество.

Дэйл Эванс

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. Любовь и доброта никогда не пропадают даром. Они всегда меняют жизнь к лучшему. Они благословляют того кто получает их и благословляют вас, дающего.

Барбара Де Ангелис

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. Проснитесь на рассвете с окрыленным сердцем и воздайте благодарность за еще один день любви.

Калил Гибран

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. Любовь состоит из странной, непостижимой комбинации понимания и размолвок.

Диана Арбус

No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. Ни один мужчина или женщина не узнает, что такое идеальная любовь, пока не проживет в браке четверть века.

Марк Твен

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I will get all what I want (англ.) — Я получу все, что я хочу.

The best love affairs are those we never had. Лучшие любовные приключения — те, которых у нас никогда не было.

Норман Линдсей

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Те, кто любит по-настоящему никогда не стареют; они могут умереть в преклонном возрасте, но они уходят молодыми.

Артур Пинеро

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A Muslim Believer’s Attitude During Times of Difficulties and Calamities

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As part of our Islamic faith, we believe that all matters are in the hands of Allah. However,
for some of us our faith can get shaken during times of trials and hardships.

It is during those times though that we should remind ourselves that a believer’s position and rank is raised in front of Allah and that such a hardship may very well be a sign of Allah’s love for the believer.

This can help us in maintaining and even strengthening our faith.

Great Rewards Associated with Great Calamities

Al-Mumit (The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death) – Allah’s Name

It was narrated from Anas ibn Malik that the Prophet (S) said:

“Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.” Narrated and classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 146

In this hadith, we find that the prophet (s) has provided a message of relief for those who endure difficulties with patience. He also associated greatness of difficulties and calamities with higher rewards.

So, enduring through lighter problems and challenges has a smaller reward than enduring greater difficulties and challenges.

Given that this life has its share of challenges and difficulties for all, Allah has provided an opportunity of high rewards for those who endure these challenges with patience rather than with complaints and ingratitude.

And for those who show displeasure and discontent with Allah’s decree end up in a lose-lose situation because not only they have to live through their current suffering but also incur Allah’s wrath for their displeasure and discontent with His decree.

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We should also realize that our patience when facing difficulties raises our status in front of Allah, and may lead to the forgiveness of our sins. He says in the Quran:

“…Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning” Quran (Surah Az-Zumar:10)”

The Prophet (S) said:

“Nothing befalls a believer, a (prick of a) thorn or more than that, but Allah will raise him one degree in status thereby, or erase a bad deed.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5641) and Muslim (2573).

Al-Muntaqim (The Avenger) – Allah’s Name

The Messenger (S) said in a well known hadith the following:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2999).

We should also realize that when Allah puts His steadfast believers through trials and tribulations, that is a sign of His love for them. It was narrated that Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“If Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and if He wills bad for His slave, He withholds from him (the punishment for) his sin, until He requites him for it on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated and classed as hasan by at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.

Al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Do not resent the calamities that come and the disasters that occur, for perhaps in something that you dis will be your salvation, and perhaps in something that you prefer will be your doom.”

Al-Fadl ibn Sahl said: “There is a blessing in calamity that the wise man should not ignore, for it erases sins, gives one the opportunity to attain the reward for patience, dispels negligence, reminds one of blessings at the time of health, calls one to repent and encourages one to give charity.”

Al-Muqaddim (The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward) – Allah’s Name

Calamities and Problems – Trials or Punishment?

We also know that some who face difficulties are punished for their sins. So, one may wonder how to distinguish whether a person is being simply tested by Allah or being punished for one’s sins.

In this context, scholars have said that “(as Allah knows a person beforehand), the sign of calamity by way of punishment shows as signs of impatience and ingratitude in a person when a calamity befalls, and the sign of calamity by way of expiation and erasing of sins shows as contentment, acceptance, and patience in accepting the will of Allah until relief comes.”

Furthermore, if the one who is affected shows displeasure and panic, then it cannot be thought that his calamity is an honor from Allah to raise him in status, because Allah, may He be glorified, knew that he would not be patient and accept it with contentment. So in this case it is most ly that it is a requital and punishment.

Also, if the Muslim is a devoted worshipper, obedient and righteous, and there is nothing between him and Allah but true ‘uboodiyyah (servitude), gratitude, praise, repentance and submission to Him, may He be glorified, then it is most ly that this calamity is a kind of honor and raising in status, and people are the witnesses of Allah on earth. If they know him to be righteous, then they may give him the glad tidings of raised status before Allah if he is patient in bearing the calamity. (source: islamqa.info)

Regarding difficulties, in the following verse Allah compares the situation of the one who is steadfast in his faith and facing difficulties with those who are evil doers and are in a similar situation:

“… if you are suffering (hardships) then surely, they (too) are suffering (hardships) as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for the reward) that for which they hope not; and Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise” Quran (Surah An-Nisa:104).

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So, a true believer can face his difficulties with a positive state of mind hoping for rewards from Allah and such an attitude can provide true relief and happiness. Besides, if Allah lifts this calamity from the believer and saves him from the torment, then that can double the reward and happiness. Allah says in the Quran:

    • “… and give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient).”
    • Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”   
    • They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones. Quran (Surah Al-Baqara:155-157)

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Bible Verses About Having Strength During Hard Times

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A week or so ago I put together a massive post with well over a hundred bible verses about money and talked about how we need to make sure that we always put God first in our lives before money – and everything else.

We can easily allow money to become our master, and God can quickly move to the background if we’re not careful.

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:24

One thing that occurred to me in the midst of listing all those verses, however, is that I never really touched on a topic that seems to be especially important right now in the midst of a double dip recession when so many people are having a hard time.  The idea of looking to God for strength in the midst of hard times.

Bible Verses About Strength

Today I decided to bring together some encouraging and challenging verses talking about how and where we need to find strength in the midst of turbulent times. I hope you find them uplifting as well.

Where Do We Find Strength?

Where do we find our strength? In the Lord our God!

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—  my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Isaiah 26: 3-4 Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

1 Chronicles 16:11  Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually!

Psalm 32:7-8 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Exodus 33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.

Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

Don’t Worry Or Fear, Find Your Strength In Him

It can be so easy to give into worry, fear and despair, but with Him we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things.  He gives us hope!

Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Luke 12:25-26 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 27: 1-3 The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me,it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;though war break out against me,even then I will be confident.

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Psalm 145: 18-19 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

God Gives Us A Spirit Of Strength And Power

Through faith in Christ we are given a spirit of power, love and discipline, and for that reason we have nothing to fear.  We can hold onto his promises and be confident that he’ll see us through even the darkest of days.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

Psalm 91:1-2 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.”

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

Hard Times May Come, But He’s There With Us Through Them All

Though we aren’t promised an easy life, we are told that Christ will be there with us when we believe in Him, that he won’t give us more than we can handle with His help,  and even our hard times can be used to glorify God.

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Philippians 4: 12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . . . I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

1 Peter 5: 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Hebrews 4:16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

 Strength In Christ Our Lord And Savior

As the verses above illustrate, we’re told to call on Jesus Christ, and that he will hear us and give us strength, hope and a grace sufficient to carry us through.  He will be our ever present help when we’re in need, and he can give us a peace that passes all understanding.  For me that’s extremely encouraging.

How about you?  Do you have any favorite bible verses about strength, and where you can find it? Did one of the verses above stick out more than the others for you?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Источник: https://www.biblemoneymatters.com/bible-verses-about-having-strength-during-hard-times/

Prayer and the Difference It Makes

Prayer For The Difficulties Of Life My Son Is Facing

«Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help.» –Psalm 39:12 (NIV)[i]

«Lord, teach us to pray.» –Luke 11:1

«After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed.» –John 17:1

«They all joined together constantly in prayer.» –Acts 1:14

«And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.» –Ephesians 6:18

«Pray continually.» -1 Thessalonians 5:17

Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to «pray without ceasing?» And does prayer really make a difference? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, it will be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God.

Prayer and God's Nature

Let's start with the second part. In order to develop a clear idea of prayer, we must first have a clear idea of God. Biblically speaking, God is a personal being.

This is critical to prayer because it means that God is a person we can interact with, that He has a will and that we are able to relate to Him on a meaningful level. If He were impersonal, then prayer would not be meaningful.

If He were personal, but uncaring and distant, prayer wouldn't serve a purpose.

Not only is God personal, He is also loving (1 John 4:8, 16; John 3:16). This is also important in relation to prayer. If God were personal, but uncaring or unkind, then prayer might do us more harm than good! But God is not only loving, He is all loving (omnibenevolent). In relation to prayer, this means that God always desires the best for us because He loves us.

God is also all powerful (omnipotent), meaning that no prayer is beyond His ability to answer, «For nothing is impossible with God» (Luke 1:37). If God were less than all powerful, then we would have no assurance that He could answer or even hear our prayers.

The fact that God is all-knowing (omniscient) is also significant to the concept of prayer. If God were limited, then He would not know all that is happening in His creation.

If this were the case, He might overlook our prayers because they might be beyond His knowledge. Fortunately, the Bible is clear that God knows everything (see, for instance, Psalm 139:2-4; 147: 4-5; Isaiah 46:10).

In relation to God's omniscience, Jesus said, «Your Father knows what you need before you ask him» (Matthew 6:8).

God is also wise and holy. He knows what is best for us, as well as what will lead us to holiness rather than sin. He is also immanent, meaning that God is active in His creation in a personal way, not only directing greater matters of history, but also involved in the life of everyone. This means that no prayer is too great for Him, but also that no prayer is too small for Him.

While we cannot explore all of God's attributes here, one final one to note, of utmost importance to prayer is God's sovereignty. God is supremely in charge of everything that happens in His universe.

Nothing takes Him by surprise and nothing happens in our lives without the knowledge of God, even though we may not always understand His actions: «'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD.

'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'» (Isaiah 55:8-9).

In hearing and responding to our prayers, then, we are assured that God will do so on the basis of His many attributes. His personal nature, love, power, knowledge, wisdom, holiness, immanence and sovereignty all play a role in how we relate to God in prayer and how He relates to us.

What Prayer Is Not

Now that we have a clearer understanding of God's nature, it may be tempting to delve right into a definition of prayer. But first let's take a brief look at what prayer is not (this is by no means an exhaustive list):

  • Prayer is not magic. We cannot summon God as though He were a genie, waiting to grant our wishes without regard for our circumstances or the consequences.
  • Prayer does not make demands. While we can make requests of God in prayer, we dare not make demands. God is the Creator of the universe and does not take orders from us.
  • Prayer is for our benefit, not God's. We need a relationship with God, available to us through Jesus Christ and engaged primarily through prayer, because we were made to function best when we are in a proper relationship with our Creator.
  • Prayer is not a guarantee against suffering. «In this world you will have trouble» (John 16:33); «Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed» (1 Peter 4:12-13).
  • Prayer is not an opportunity for us to show off. «And when you pray, do not be the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men» (Matthew 6:5).

What is Prayer?

So what is prayer? Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God's face, knowing that He hears us, loves us and will respond, though not always in a manner we may expect or desire. Prayer can encompass confession, praise, adoration, supplication, intercession and more.

In addition, our attitude in prayer is important. We must not be haughty, but humble (Ephesians 4:2; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6, etc.).

Seen in this light, to «pray continually» (1 Thessalonians 5:17) means, in one sense, that we must always strive to have a prayerful attitude.

Our prayers must come often and regularly, not from legalistic duty, but from a humble heart, realizing our dependence on God in every aspect of our lives.

The rest of the articles in this series will further explore prayer, as follows:

  • «Prayer Has Its Reasons» addresses questions about why we pray.
  • «The Availability of Prayer» explains how prayer is always available to us and, as such, is a wonderful spiritual resource we should turn to regularly, not just in times of crisis.
  • «Learning from the Prayer Life of Jesus» explores the many prayers of Jesus, emphasizing the Lord's Prayer, as well as some of Christ's habits of prayer and how we can learn from his example.
  • «Probing the Problems of Prayer» looks at some challenges and difficulties in relation to prayer, addressing questions such as, «Should we pray for our enemies?» and «If God is sovereign, why do we need to pray?»

As we journey together in understanding the nature and purpose of prayer, it is my prayer that God will bless these words and instill a joyful and fruitful prayer life in your life and mine. Prayer can make a profound difference in our world. But it is up to us to offer our prayers humbly and regularly.

Robert Velarde is author of Conversations with C.S. Lewis (InterVarsity Press), The Heart of Narnia (NavPress), and primary author of The Power of Family Prayer (National Day of Prayer Task Force). He studied philosophy of religion and apologetics at Denver Seminary and is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

[i] Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the New International Version of the Bible.

Источник: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/faith-in-life/prayer/prayer

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