SCRIPTURE TEXT: “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” — Proverbs 4:18

Prayerful perseverance is the path of the righteous. It is the route the righteous take during recessionary times. Economic downturns can tempt us to take a detour in our walk with Christ, or they can shed light on where God wants us to go. When you persevere in prayer, the voices of worry will eventually go mute, and your Master will guide you onto a productive path.

Recessions also force us to be creative and resourceful in our relationships. Consider reaching out to those who have helped you in the past but now need help. For example, spend time with those who are out of work, and help them find opportunities that match their calling. Most importantly, ask others how you can specifically pray for them. The Lord leads by the light of His love during dark days, so stay connected to Christ and people in prayer. This righteous resolve takes focus and hard work.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised (Hebrews 10:36). The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. This is why it is imperative you feed your spirit in persistent prayer. Stay engaged with God. The gleaming dawn of hope will rise on your shadowed circumstances. As you prayerfully walk with the Lord in the light, a holy security, a serene spirit shines forth from your countenance for all to see. Your humble and good works on earth bring glory to your Father in Heaven.

Prayerful perseverance increases the brightness of your light like the rising sun. So use recessionary days to heal the hurting, rescue the repentant, and comfort the broken. Dark days are opportunities for Christians to demonstrate their faith, compassion, and generosity. Therefore, prayerfully persevere for your soul’s sake, for God’s glory, and in service to others.
To Ponder: Where do I need to persevere in prayer, and whom can I specifically pray for in their dark night of the soul?

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