One of the most challenging pieces of advice in the Bible is when the Apostle Paul writes:
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess 5:18, NIV).
Believers love to tell stories of how God miraculously intervened to save someone from tragedy. It’s good to share these stories. However, they’re also one of the reasons why some non-believers reject Christianity: because they know that’s not what life is like at all.
Well, that is the big question, isn’t it? It’s supposedly the biggest weapon that atheists bring out against Christians.
Pray because you want to, not because you’ve been told to! About ten years ago, my doctor told me that I had a serious health problem, and that if I didn’t address it, I would be in a wheelchair in a few years. He told me that I needed to change my diet and exercise regularly. At the time, I was feeling very unwell, so I was highly motivated to follow his instructions. I did it because I had to. Within a year, my health problem had cleared up. Then I stopped the exercise.