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March 18 Prayer (Trusting Like Onesiphorus)

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Find the Prayers for March and Bible reading plan for March here. The month’s theme is TRUST.

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Bible verse for March 18

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11)

Prayer Reflections for March 18

Imagine what it would feel like to believe in one thing so strongly, just for everyone else to not agree with you and desert you.

Ever have that feeling before?

Sometimes it can be a very lonely feeling, clinging on to what you believe is true.

This is what it felt like for Paul as he was writing 2 Timothy. He had gone to jail for Jesus, and in the process, he explains, “You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.” (2 Timothy 1:15)

Except Paul mentions one friend that did not leave him.2 Timothy 1:16 says:

May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me.

Now, we don’t know an incredible amount about Onesiphorus, but we do know about Rome during that time. Rome was an extremely dangerous place to be a Christian during the time this was written. Nero was the emperor of Rome during the time and was known to be cruel, especially toward Christians.

So we know that more likely than not, Onesiphorus went through his own trials and tribulations. Some churches celebrate him because he was a martyr for Jesus.

Onesiphorus can remind us of one great thing: trials lead to trust.

When we are going through a difficult time, it gives space for us to trust God and see where He leads us. A trial can be an alarm for us, a reminder to turn to God and truly give Him our burdens so we can receive His rest.

And when God sees us through, in ways that are so personal they are almost hard to explain, it can lead to trust in God like never before.

But we must act with this trust. As Luke 8:16 says, “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.”

As we build our trust in God, what will we do with that trust? Will we become vulnerable friends like Onesiphorus and lean into others going through trials? Or will we keep our new light under the bed, safe for us when we need it?

As we continue to build our trust in God, since it is a never-ending journey, I challenge us to take it a step further today to see who we can share that trust with.

Prayer for March 18

Almighty God, you have shown me repeatedly that trials lead to trust in You. As my trust in You continues to grow, help me be the light to others and share that trust with them as well, Amen.

 

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  • Jessie Synan

    Jessie Synan is a Ph.D. student in Bible Exposition who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 10,000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”

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