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“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
From birth, we are groomed to get more, do better, and never be satisfied with where we're at. "To be content" is a foreign language to many . . . incomprehensible and unfathomable. That's why it's important for believers to "walk by faith and not by sight" (1 Corinthians 5:7). No matter the circumstance or situation, we must understand that God is still God. God promised to give us peace if we kept our focus on him (Isaiah 26:3). This simple fact allowed Paul to be at peace whether things were good or bad, lean or plenty. No wonder he was boldly able to affirm that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28).
Most Gracious and Heavenly Father, thank you for the transformation that you have begun in me. I admit that I have not always understood the things that you've done for me. I've often complained about life's circumstances. But I thank you for helping me learn day by day to appreciate the simple things in life, because they are not based on materials things. Joy, satisfaction and peace comes solely from my relationship with you! In Jesus Name, Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Praise Center's 31 Days of Prayer are written by Pastor Eugene C. McCown, Jr.. You can email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.