Pray for Contentment in Your Season
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
As the cooler weather has come this past week, I have found myself wishing to be wrapped up in a blanket, by a fire, with a hot cup of coffee. I was thinking back to this Summer when it was blazing hot and how I wished for these days to come fast! I love the Summer sunshine, but I am not a fan of North Carolina's humidity. I wanted the cool weather to come as soon as possible. This past week, as I was driving, I thanked the Lord for this beautiful, crisp Autumn season. I absolutely love everything about Fall. I love the weather, Fall activities, sweaters, hot apple cider, golden leaves, and pumpkin everything. You name it and I love it if it has to do with Fall. If I love fall so much, then why am I wishing to jump to the Christmas season so badly? There are three words that can answer this question: lack of contentment.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever
state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know
how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both
to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
PRAYER TIP #41 Pray for Contentment in Your Season
When Paul wrote Philippians, he was content where God had him. And God had him in prison. Even in Paul's situation, he wrote with confidence that God would provide what he needed.
I saw a post this week that said, "Joseph waited 13 years. Abraham waited 25 years. Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years. If God is making you wait, you're in good company." Each of these four men waited for years. Joseph didn't listen to God. Abraham acted on his own timing. Moses waited in the wilderness facing extreme conditions. Jesus waited before starting His ministry. These 4 men all have different stories, but the ending of their stories are the same: God will sustain and provide for you.
Even when we wish to be out of the waiting, when we wish for a better situation, or even when we wish for that new car, pray that God will give you contentment for what He has for your life.
Out of these four men, Jesus was the only perfect one and He even faced trials, temptation, and hard situations. Jesus had the heart posture of being content that God is in control. We need that same heart posture today in a world full of discontentment.
Prayer Points - (Pray over these requests)
Thank You Lord for Your provision in my life!
Lord, help me to be content in the season I am in.
Use me in the waiting so I can be content with Your plan.
Lord, help me to trust You when I cannot see what You are doing.
Suggested Prayer - (Pray these words in your heart or out loud):
Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for these four men who are examples of Your children waiting. In this world full of discontentment, help me be content with You. I ask You to allow me to see that my strength comes from You. I pray when I have a thought or wish for something that is not in Your plan for my life, I will remember You provide. Lord, thank You for sustaining me. Thank You for the season You have placed me in. Use me in the waiting, my hands are open to You. Remind me that You are working even when it seems and feels like You aren’t. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.