Father, You know the ins and outs of our lives. Our hardships are not hidden from You. You know, how the suffering around us weighs upon us.
Father, forgive us for failing to view suffering through the lens of faith. Forgive us for considering Your hand too short to deliver; Your purposes too weak to prevail.
Forgive us for not persisting in searching Your Scriptures – for comfort, for purpose, and for hope – in the face of suffering.
Forgive us for allowing suffering to diminish Your greatness, and to weaken our witness towards such a broken world.
O God, renew our minds! Revive our hearts! Restore our strength! We ask all this in Jesus’ name, amen.