Remember your word to your servant; you have given me hope through it. This is my comfort in my affliction; Your promise has given me life.
(Psalm 119:49-50, CSB)

God’s Word brings many benefits and blessings. Perhaps one of the greatest is the balm it brings to a hurting heart. Suffering and difficulty help us focus on the eternal and let go of the temporal. Immersing ourselves in Scripture creates a reservoir to draw from when life brings difficulties, as it surely will.

Our Lord gave us the heads up, “In this world you will have trouble.” But even in the difficulty, we can also remember His encouragement, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

His Word is also shown to be the only offensive weapon in the armor of God. Ephesians 6:17 reveals “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” No soldier would go into battle without an offensive weapon and neither should a Christian soldier expect to live victoriously if not first equipped with the Word of God.

Dear Father, in this season of time, we are experiencing trouble upon trouble, just as you said. We praise you for the promise that we can take heart because You have overcome the world. We ask that Your Word will be a help to hurting pastors and missionaries, as well as a resource for whatever battles they are facing. Please lift them and strengthen them and prepare them for the days ahead. We ask Your presence to bring renewed purpose and peace. Please guard the hearts of our missionaries and pastors, and bring the comfort that only Your Word can provide. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Brittany Conner for Missions Mosaic.

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