Praying to be persecuted?

As Christians, we often like to think things of our God that are not really correct. For instance, most Christians around the world do not consider religious persecution a good thing. But in fact, the Christians enduring persecution around the world often consider persecution a blessing. They ask for prayer, not to stop the persecution, but that God would give them strength to endure. Sometimes, they even pray that God would send persecution to places such as America so that the apathetic church would be purified.

You see, our perspective is not always right. Our thoughts, are not God’s thoughts. He is higher. He is greater. His understanding is so vastly greater that we can’t always fathom what goes on in the mind of God. Sometimes, we think that a worldly perspective of an "easy" time is a good idea. This isn’t exactly right.

Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." We might look at that verse and be taken aback. Aren’t the righteous those who are serving God? Why would God allow them to have affliction? Doesn’t that sound inconsistent with God’s love for His people? From our perspective perhaps, but we don’t have the full picture. In fact, I didn’t even quote the whole verse.

The rest of the verse says, "But the Lord delivereth him out of them all." God will not leave His people in affliction. He won’t forget them. He’s right there with them. He allows it for a purpose. When God allows affliction in our lives, and then delivers us out of it, we get to see his kindness. Imagine how much affliction He protects us from! Also, The troubles of this life act like a refiners fire to make us stronger.

Like Paul said in Romans, "We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;" – Romans 5:3

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