The worst of times can be the best of times for a Christian. During a meeting at a conference, I heard a preacher get up and share a powerful testimony. The past year had been hard for him. He had gone through some intense trials. Thankfully, God helped him through each difficulty. But in spite of the hardships (or maybe because of them), he developed a close, personal walk with God. As he stood up in front of the other ministry leaders at that meeting, he said something I’ll never forget. He said he missed the trials; because in those dark times when he cried out to God, God helped him.

Trials have a strange way of bringing us to our knees. They can also bring us to a place of closeness with God like we have never experienced before. The pain, confusion, anguish, and sense of helplessness drive us to cry out to God — and it’s real; we don’t throw out fake, rehearsed prayers when we’re desperate for help. In these times, we need God to hear and help us. He delivers every time. The more we pray, the better we will feel.

How do you handle your pain, frustration, anxiety, and fear? You can allow these things to make you bitter and uptight, or you can release them to God through prayer. Maybe your family has just suffered a painful loss, and you don’t know how to deal with your emotions. You are heartbroken and fearful, and you are unsure where to turn. Cast your cares upon Christ. Tell Him exactly how you feel. As you pour out your heart to God, your burden will be lifted, and you will see Him turn the worst of times into the best of times. He’s only a prayer away. Why don’t you have a talk with Him today?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder