USE YOUR TRIALS AND TROUBLES TO DRAW closer to Me.
Whenever you start to feel distressed, turn that around by talking with Me.
Let pain and problems remind you of your constant need for Me.
Create a collection of brief prayers, such as:
"Help me, Jesus.
Fill me with your Peace.
Show me Your way."
These requests are spiritual nutrients—soul vitamins.
The more you use them, the healthier and happier you will be.
When you view troubles in this way—as reminders to draw near Me—you can actually rejoice in your trials.
Of course, this requires training your mind to move quickly from problem mode to prayer mode.
It is crucial to have your arsenal of prayers ready to use.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your preparations: helping you form prayers that will flow readily out of your heart.
Then practice saying them to Me, until you're intimately familiar with them.
When you encounter trouble of any kind, reach into your arsenal of prayers and speak one or more of them boldly.
The enemy will retreat, and I will draw near.
"Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors."
—Psalm 27: 11
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.'
—James 1: 2 NASB
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
—James 4: 7–8 NKJV
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul."
—Psalm 143: 8