Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Advent Prayer: Enduring Tribulation

By Claudia Mair Burney

Friday, the first week of Advent

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the Inn.” Luke 2:7

One of the biggest myths that I bought into as a new believer was that the Christian life was a seamless journey to heaven, and Jesus would make everything better. I may have even had a t-shirt with what looked like the Coca Cola logo that proclaimed as much. While it’s true that Jesus has made everything better, my journey to meet Him face to face has been far from seamless. Even Jesus had it rough: He was conceived by an unwed teen; the king put a contract out on him while His mother was pregnant, and He was born in a filthy stable because there was no room in the Inn for a woman ripe with child; all because of a government-mandated event. Yet we find no evidence that the Holy Family complained bitterly about their fate. Does their response mirror your own, not just to the challenges, but tribulations of life?


Patient Lord and Master,

I don’t know how to suffer. I’m afraid to even have this conversation with You for fear that more pain and hardship will come my way. But this is silliness. You’ve already told us in the Gospels that in this world we would have tribulations. Help me to remember that You are with me, and that you will not put more suffering on me than I can bear. Lord, you endured far more than I will ever have to. Help me to look upon You always, and take strength for my journey from Your example. When I am cowering in fear of the darkness of life, illuminate me.

“Come, Lord Jesus.”

  • Wyatt Roberts

    Amen, sister! God bless you!

  • Your Name

    Raised in a Jewish – Christain household this was our prayer:
    We await the Saviour, Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
    Who will reshape the body of our lowliness,
    After the shape of the Body of His Splendor.
    Temporately, justly, reverently, let us live in this world,
    Awaiting the blessed Hope and
    Advent of the glory of the Great God.

  • Mark A.C.

    A life of tribulations,seems I’m doomed! I was in a bad car accident June of 1983,broken legs,one six places,the other 4,a jaw,a left shoulder,and right arm,had to have 5 pints of blood,and nearly lost my right leg.Ever since I’ve lived with pain to some degree,some good days some bad.I was 23 at the time.I now 50 and haven’t worked for a year,and resorted to heroin for a pain killer cause I cannot afford a doctor and prescription.I have a warrant for my arrest for unpaid fines and unfinished programs all due to my illegal actions and inability to pay with no drivers license and no job.You will say it was of my on actions that I’m in this predicament and i made the choice to end up as i have.It is only Prayers I find,not often enough that keep me from taking my life.THANK YOU !

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