Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Romans 12:11–13

Have you ever experienced a period of time when you lacked the zeal to get up in the morning and start your day? It is devastating to feel like this because you may think you have nothing to contribute to society, family, or friends. But nothing could be further from the truth for a disciple of Christ. Perhaps that is why Paul reminded the early Christians in Rome not to lose their zeal and keep their spiritual fervor so they could practice hospitality and share with others.

This lack of zeal hits close to home as we face the life changing impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. We must fight the tendency to throw in the towel, believe we have nothing to contribute, and stay in bed. Instead, we must remain physically active, pursue mentally challenging activities, socialize with family and friends, and continue to vibrantly serve the Lord. By doing this, our zest for life will flourish as we fulfill a godly purpose in our lives.

But the Apostle Paul doesn’t stop with keeping one’s spiritual fervor. Paul goes a bit further and instructs the early Christians in the Roman church to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Joy, patience, and faithfulness are three of fruits of the Spirit which naturally flow in the life of someone attached to the vine of Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Paul provided prudent advice for the early church and it certainly applies to those of us dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. We must remain joyful in hope and patient in affliction in spite of our predicament. This may seem difficult considering all we face but Paul equips us to do this by reminding us to be faithful in prayer. Prayer proves to be the catalyst for joy and patience in a Christian’s life.

In spite of all the things Alzheimer’s disease brings into our lives, it should never push out our prayer time. Prayer keeps us centered on Christ, sets our priorities for the day, and allows us to focus on the concerns of others by prayerfully interceding for them. Prayer is so powerful it makes me feel normal again and part of something so great even Alzheimer’s disease can’t destroy it!

That is why I get out of bed in the morning! How about you?

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