Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 (NRSV)
Asamoah Joseph Omono is from Greater Accra, Ghana. In high school, French was a difficult subject for Asamoah. He had little interest in it, and his teacher's explanations were unclear to him; so he had difficulty in the course and received bad grades. Full of anxiety, Asamoah developed a hatred for the subject and prayed to God that he would never have to study it again.
When he was admitted to university, Asamoah learned that he was required to take multiple French courses. Fear gripped him, and he wondered how he would pass the classes. He prayed about his fears and asked God to make a way for him. He had full confidence that God would answer him.
After he had prayed, the Lord gave him courage and inspired in him an unexpected interest in French. He had an excellent French professor and received support from people around him. This, along with his constant trust in God, made learning easy. He excelled in his French courses and exams, and he even became a teaching assistant. It was a wonderful experience!
When we have problems or burdens and don't know what to do, we can turn to God. When we lay our cares upon the Lord in prayer, God has promised to sustain us.
Prayers: Dear God, strengthen us when we are afraid, and give us confidence to face the challenges before us, in Jesus' name. Amen.