God, we pray that the gospel advance by any means necessary.
I want you to know, brothers,
that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel…
Father, give me eyes to see the world through the lens of the gospel—not through the lens of my circumstances.
Deliver me from letting circumstances control my life. Give me a deep longing to know You and to make You known—a longing that goes beyond my circumstances.
Help me see how You use every circumstance in my life, good and bad.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances teach me about my heart and about You.
Give me the grace to see how circumstances give me a chance to put the gospel on display.
Today I pause to pray for those I know who are struggling in difficult circumstances. Overwhelm them with a sense of You presence. Give them the opportunity to see Your hand at work in their circumstances. Give them opportunity to testify of Your goodness and grace in the middle of their difficulty.
Your word says that You resist the proud but give grace to the humble. I humble myself before You.