How Suffering Increases Our Capacity for More of Christ

How Suffering Increases Our Capacity
for More of Christ

Recently an earnest Jesus follower wrote me to ask:
Why do I continue to pray every day for nearly seven years that God would cure my daughter’s MS disease, but she still has it, and it’s getting worse. Every day I pray for healing, yet the suffering persists. Should I stop praying?

Here’s how I answered him:

Dear John, this is so heart-stirring. I’ve faced similar suffering in my own life many, many times.
There are answers, for sure, though much of the mystery about suffering will be fully revealed only in the Consummation–when we will also finally understand the full extent of the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ and why he HAD to suffer the way he did for us.

Two answers for right now that I’ve learned from two mighty servants of Christ who suffered greatly with no immediate healing are these:

  1. One person who was paralyzed wrote: “Suffering creates in us a greater capacity for more of Christ in our lives.”
  2. The other, dying of cancer, wrote: “Seeking God’s face for answers to our prayers for healing serves to draw us into a deep intimacy with Christ himself.”

I share more of what I’ve learned in this recent 30-minute CHRIST TODAY Podcast episode titled, “How Suffering Increases Our Capacity for More of Christ.” If you, like John, have wrestled with questions about suffering, please join me. Click below.

Listen to the Podcast

About the Author

Over the past 40 years, David Bryant has been defined by many as a “messenger of hope” and a “Christ proclaimer” to the Church throughout the world. Formerly a minister-at-large with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, president of Concerts of Prayer International (COPI), and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, David now provides leadership to and Proclaim Hope!, whose mission is to foster and serve Christ-awakening movements. Order his widely read books at Enjoy his regular CHRIST TODAY podcast.

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