Release or Endurance

I asked a question from our sermon on Sunday — When times are tough, do you pray for release or endurance?

I guess I pray for both.  It’s certainly not wrong to pray for release, but God does not promise release from all circumstances.  He does, however, promise to give us endurance to bear the tough times if we seek him.

So as we pray through the storms of life, we may express our heart’s desire, which often is to be released from our source of pain.  But we should always pray for endurance.  After all, it is through the hard times that God does His best work in us.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet — to where I consider my trials pure joy.  But I can appreciate what I’ve learned from them.  And I do trust God to see me through, no matter what.