A Prayer for Bad Attitudes – Your Daily Prayer – February 9
A Prayer for Bad Attitudes By Tracie Miles
“Dear siblings as well as sis, when problems of any kind come your method, consider it an opportunity for fantastic happiness.” James 1:2 (NLT)
James wrote today’s vital knowledgeable during a time where the Christians had permitted the disappointments and also inconveniences of life to swipe their optimism as well as joy. In their defense, these believers had a whole lot of serious and also understandable factors to have a negative perspective.
They encountered fantastic persecution, unrelenting trials and sufferings– from murder to imprisonment– at the hand of Saul, that was zealous in his efforts to ruin the church and any person linked with Jesus. As a result, these Christians were juggling an array of feelings, including concern, grieving, confusion, isolation and even despondence.
Some fled their homes in concern for their lives. They lived in hardship, compelled to hunt for food to survive. Some were unwell, and also everyone was worn down. They had every right to be negative and also pessimistic. I can only visualize as they sunk under the weight of relatively overwhelming problems as well as worries, that their faith may have been sinking, too.
James recognized their suffering however likewise intended to provide hope and also encouragement. He informed them internal joy can still be theirs, if they deliberately picked to take control of their reasoning and also transform their mindset. He urged them to redouble and stop briefly on their confidence.
It’s hard to avoid allowing a bad perspective take over our minds and also rule our lives when life obtains hard. We might not experience spiritual persecution as those first followers did, but let’s admit it: People injure us, the previous haunts us, colleagues maltreat us, parents don’t love us, pals don’t consider us, spouses don’t honor us, kids do not appreciate or respect us, financial resources do not support us, and our health and wellness doesn’t sustain us. James’ directions to the believers of his time can assist us, as well.
I shut my Bible, realizing my attitude was my selection, and knowing whatever circumstances I faced didn’t have the power to determine that attitude unless I allow them.
Enduring troubles with a smile as well as pure happiness in our hearts can be difficult, doing so not just assists us become more powerful followers, it opens the door for an attitude transformation.
Our perspectives are an exterior display of what’s occurring in our hearts. When our hearts concentrate in the ideal location, our perspectives will, also. The only point we need to shed by selecting a favorable perspective is an unfavorable one.
Lord, free me from the shackles of an attitude problem. Operate in my heart and also mind to change my thinking from unfavorable to positive– in spite of the battles I encounter. Load me with a pleasure that can just originate from You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Encouragement for Today devotional, “Don’t Let a Bad Attitude Rule Your Life,” written by Tracie Miles. You can review that item in complete here. Now that you’ve hoped, are you in need of someone to hope for YOU?