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When We Must Trust God to Work Everything Out for Good

We know that all things work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

There are times in our lives and in our marriages when something happens and we don’t see how we can ever rise above it, or get through it, or get over it. At these times we must cling to God and take Him at His Word. He says that all things work out for good to those who love Him and are submitted to His purpose in their lives. But the verses before that one are talking about prayer. It seems, then, that things work out for good when we are praying. And that makes sense, doesn’t it? God works powerfully in our lives when we pray.

Whenever you are facing something insurmountable in your life—such as a financial disaster, the loss of a family member, problems with a child, serious illness, or any of the many dreadful things that can happen—invite God to do something in your situation that your mind can’t even conceive of or never thought possible. Keep praying, no matter how hopeless it seems, and don’t stop thanking God that He works out everything in your lives for good when you love and trust Him for your future.

If you don’t have any kind of serious problem right now, praise God for that. Thank Him that He is the God of the impossible, and if you were to have anything seemingly insurmountable happen to you in the future, you trust that He will work everything out for good. In the meantime, continue staying close to Him in prayer, and pray for your husband to do the same.

My Prayer to God

Lord, I thank You that because I love and serve You and pray about all things—and because I desire Your will to be done in my husband’s and my life together—that You will work all things out for good. The situation in our lives that seems insurmountable to us today is not too hard for You. Even though we cannot see a way out of that problem, I know You can. While we alone don’t have what it takes to rise above the difficulty, I know You have everything needed to lift us above it or carry us through it. Even when a situation may be a tragedy to us, You can still bring good out of it. Even though we cannot imagine what good can possibly come from it, we can trust Your miracle-working power to transform the situation.

I pray You will bring restoration where there has been loss. Give us peace when, without You, we would have none. Teach us to pray first, instead of being overtaken by discouragement or fear. Enable us to learn from every problem so that we can be a help to others in the same situation. Most of all, give us great faith to firmly trust You and Your Word in the midst of the storm, knowing You are bringing a bright tomorrow, even as we pray.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

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Adapted from: The Power of a Praying Wife Devotion © 2011 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.

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Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 14 million books sold) of "The Power of a Praying" series, which includes The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Husband, and The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage. Her many other books include The Power of a Praying Life, The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children and Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 37 years and are the parents of two adult children. www.stormieomartian.com

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