A Prayer For An Overcoming Spirit

Jesus, help me to trust You even when circumstances would lead me to feel that You are distant and unaware of my circumstances. When I am focused on the difficulties in my life I can easily become overwhelmed, fearful and confused. But when I look to You, my victorious risen Savior, who endured the times of testing by spending time in passionate prayer, whether it was the 40 days in the wilderness when You stood strong against Satan’s frequent temptations or when You prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, I am strengthened and encouraged by Your example. When You were overwhelmed with sorrow even to the point of death You fell with Your face to the ground and surrendered Your human will to the Father’s plan which included unjust suffering and even death. And, whether we like it or not, Scripture tells us if we are to share in Your glory we must also share in Your suffering. Help me, Jesus, to watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation during those experiences that involve suffering, but rather that my spirit and flesh will be strengthened so that I remain victorious through You, Jesus Christ my Lord, in whose name I pray. Amen.