Making Jesus first makes all the difference — he’s the one who helps us overcome.Jesus overcame through suffering. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives and dwells inside of believers. Because Jesus overcame the world, you are able to overcome it in prayer.

Reflection 🤔:

Share a time of suffering in your life. How do you deal with your emotions in times of hardship?
Do you find strength in prayer, or do you resort to other means to cope?

Scripture 📖:

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10–11 (NIV)

About Overcoming in Prayer 📝:

Suffering is a part of life, and through it, we can grow in compassion and maturity in Christ.
Fellowship with Jesus in suffering allows us to share in His pain and experience the hope of resurrection. In the darkest moments, prayer becomes a source of strength, bringing light into the night.

 

Healing Strategies for Overcoming Suffering:

1. Develop a Consistent Prayer Routine
  • “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
2. Cultivate a Supportive Community
  • “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
3. Find Meaning in Suffering Through Reflection
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
4. Embrace a Positive Mindset Through Prayer
  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
5. Seek Professional and Pastoral Guidance
  • “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Questions for Reflection ❓:

● How has suffering shaped you and marked you with compassion and maturity in Christ?
● In what ways do you fellowship with Jesus in your suffering, finding hope in His resurrection?
● How does prayer become a source of strength and light in the darkest moments of your life?

Moving Forward

Phillippians 3:12-14. “12 Not that I have already attained,[c] or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [d]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
1. Let Go of the Past
2. Live in the Present
3. Lay Hold of the Future

Greek Word:

  • Katalambano – “lay hold of, comprehend, to seize or overcome. To perceive with the mind. To apprehend with mental or moral effort.

Prayer 🙏:

Jesus, in the midst of suffering, I seek to know You intimately and personally. Help me share in Your suffering and pain, rejoicing in the hope of resurrection. I trust You to heal me and make me more like You. In Your name, I pray, amen.

Declaration 📢:

I am raised with Christ, finding strength and hope in His resurrection.