by Dr. Charles Stanley
Solving Problems Through Prayer
Problems are an inevitable part of every life whether the person is saved or unsaved. The difference is that once a man or woman becomes a believer, the Father strengthens His child to face every difficulty.
Our omniscient and all-powerful God is greater than any problem. He knows our future circumstances and prepares our hearts and minds to withstand the coming trial. The moment we encounter a problem, we can tap into His omnipotence. He promised to meet believers’ needs; therefore, He is under His own divine obligation to give guidance and direction. Our first response should always be to call out, “Father!” Immediately two things take place: the problem’s growth is stunted, and God’s child is reminded of the unique position given those who trust in the sovereign Lord.
God always gives a solution to the problem. We will not be sitting back and waiting for Him to work out the details, however. The Lord usually requires an act of faith from His child to jumpstart the resolution. Experience and trust should tell us that His solutions are always best, but human strength may falter when we hear what He asks of us. Thankfully, the One who gives us endurance also offers courage to act at the right moment.
Long before a crisis arises or a solution is needed, a wise believer will be consistently seeking God. In trouble-free times, we can build a foundation of trust and communion with Him that can withstand any hardship. Problems are unavoidable, but the Father is faithful to solve our difficulties through prayer.
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