There may be occasions that are so desperate that we are completely helpless. We must remember, as did Elijah, that God fully knows our circumstances and hears our pleas for help. Pray as our Lord has taught us, "Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
If we would be Christians, we must surely expect and count on having the devil with all his angels and the world as our enemies. They will bring every possible misfortune and grief upon us. For where God's Word is preached, accepted and produces fruit, there the holy cross cannot be missing. And let no one think that he shall have peace. He must risk whatever he has upon earth—possessions, honor, house and estate, wife and children, body and life. Now, this hurts our flesh and the old Adam. The test is to be steadfast and to suffer with patience in whatever way we are assaulted, and to let go whatever is taken from us.
We need to pray without ceasing, "Dear Father, Your will be done, not the devil's will or our enemies' or anything that would persecute and suppress Your holy Word or hinder Your kingdom. Grant that we may bear with patience and overcome whatever is to be endured because of Your Word and kingdom, so that our flesh may not yield or fall away because of weakness or sluggishness."
Whether we pray or not, His will must be done and succeed. This is true even though the devil with all his followers are angry and try to exterminate the Gospel completely. But we must pray that, even against their fury, His will be done without hindrance. We pray that they may not accomplish anything and that we may remain firm against all violence and persecution. (paragraphs 65-68)
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