In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Hurricanes, fires, COVID-19, job loss, riots, protests, family tensions high. We are in a season of testing. Testing of our faith.

The refiner of gold heated the gold until it melted and dross rose to the top. The refiner scraped off the dross and continued to heat the gold until more dross rose to the top, and he scraped it off again. When the refiner saw his face reflected in the gold, he turned down the heat, for the gold had been refined – purified.

We live in a fallen world – world with much dross in it. God’s people are in this world but not of this world. We are citizens of God’s kingdom.

While in this world, we endure hardships and disappointments. How we endure those trials demonstrates our faith. As we see God at work through these trials using them for His good, our faith grows stronger and honors God.

Pray for the firefighters who are presently battling the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, California. Pray for the thousands of evacuated residents and for those who have stayed behind to care for horses and other animals. Perseverance in the fire.

Pray for the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who are battling COVID-19. Perseverance in the pandemic.

Pray for the rescuers, first responders, and good citizens during Hurricane Isaias. Perseverance in the storm.

Pray for the safety and composure of the police during the protests. Perseverance in the rage.

Pray that you would demonstrate your genuine faith as you are being tested and that you would glorify, praise, and honor Jesus Christ in all your trials. Perseverance in the refiner’s fire.

My prayer

Father, thank You for firefighters, first responders, and all those working to preserve the lives of people and animals in the midst of the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley. Place Your hedge of protection around them and keep them safe and strong.

We pray for those who have been evacuated because of the fire. Give them peace, Lord.

Bless the healthcare workers who have persevered for these long months to restore the health of millions of people afflicted with COVID-19. Give them rest, health, and peace.

Father, empower those who are first responders and unsung heroes in the midst of Hurricane Isaias to save the lives of all at risk.

Almighty God, You know the plans that You have for each law enforcement officer, and they are good. Empower them to become peacemakers in the midst of rage. Give them Your peace that passes all understanding and Your wisdom as they preserve peace.

Finally, Father, may these trials refine us as pure gold. May we display genuine faith and bring glory, praise, and honor to You through it all.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I’m praying for you, Karen.

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2 thoughts on “Perseverance In The Fire

  1. Dear Lord,
    The prayer needs in and for this world are infinite. The Bible states when we are weak THEN we are strong..
    Without doubt I am weak and need Your strength, endurance, and wisdom. It is daunting experiencing this world, increasing so with each passing day.I pray for Your believers Lord. Keep us strong in faith and trust to fulfill the plans You have for each of us. Infuse each of us with what we need to finish in this world strong to glorify You. I pray in particular for those being persecuted for Your names sake. Bless them, blanket them with a peace beyond understanding.
    Thank You for Your sacrifice and the resulting eternal hope we have in You. Truly You are our life’s hope and anchor.
    We come to you now and ask that in all this incredible evil and chaos down here that Your Spirit works in it, all to Your glory.
    May Your Holy Spirit work within hearts to bend their inner will and spirit’s ear to You. Open their eyes and hearts.
    We acknowledge the impossible in that the infinitely worst of evils delivered on Calvary was in Your power worked out for Your glory. As time increases the evil and mayhem down here may Your Holy Spirit quicken and convict the hearts of our loved ones into the mercy of Your fold of eternal salvation. In Jesus precious name, Amen

    1. KJ, Amen and Amen! This is a powerful prayer and my prayer as well. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and be gracious to you. May He make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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