Praying Romans 8:28

The tiny blue hydrangea bush that my dad planted this spring never got bigger. Instead, a short, naked piece of wood stood in the ground. No growth, no life. I forgot about it.

Then this summer, in the exact spot where the hydrangea should have blossomed, a baby crepe myrtle sprang up. Green leaves and pink buds surprised my family. In the shadow of a great crepe myrtle, a seed must have found the special soil meant for the hydrangea bush. Life blossomed anyway, just not in the way we expected.

How many times have we gone through something difficult, and life blossomed in a way we didn’t expect or think was possible? Perhaps we have gone through a trying time, in which we felt parched and withered. Like a short, naked shoot of a plant with little chance of survival. But then God did something. He tended our soil, shined some light on us, and gave us much-needed water. Green leaves and tiny flower buds surprised us. Good was happening, even in the midst of the pain. Even in the midst of a trial.

God is in the business of good. That’s what God does. He tends our souls, giving us the nourishment we need. He works good out of anything if we look to Him, love Him, and depend on Him. He gives crepe myrtles in unexpected places, tiny symbols of hope and healing. Promises of new life.

What good are you needing today? What good do your loved ones need? Here’s a way to pray through a beloved verse, Romans 8:28, and ask God to help us to see the good. Quoted often in sermons and Sunday school lessons, it’s a verse of hope and promise.

“And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, 
to those who are the called
according to His purpose.” 
Romans 8:28, NKJV

If we were going to pray this verse for ourselves and for the people we care about, we could break down the verse like this:

“And we know…”

Father, please remind me of the truths that You’ve taught me.
Help me to count on the promises I know from Scripture.

“That all things work together for good…”

Take what is broken in my life, and make something beautiful out of it.
Take what Satan has meant for harm, and work it for good.
Help me to make sense of the chaos and to see Your hand helping me through this.

Open my eyes to see You working behind the scenes.
Don’t let me miss what good You want to work through this.

“To those who love God…”

I love You, and I trust You and Your heart of goodness.
Help me to love You more each day and to love the people around me.
Help me to look for opportunities to bless those around me
and to encourage them in their difficult times.

“To those who are called according to His purpose.”

Help me to see Your good purposes behind this trial.
Help me to continue to do Your assignment for my life.
Please fulfill Your will for me and Your will in this situation.
I will continue to look to You, my source of hope and strength.
I will press forward, knowing that You’re with me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Have you ever prayed your own version of Romans 8:28? Share in the comments below what this verse has meant to you, and may God work all things in your life for good as you love Him and seek Him.

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (12)

  • anon

    i feel like i'm always praying that verse these days

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    I'm praying for you as you pray that verse, Andi! That would God would work things for good, accomplish His good purposes, and help you to trust Him through the difficult times. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
     

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    What a beautiful prayer of the heart, thank you for sharing so openly and honestly.

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    We need to pray it from the heart, don't we? To trust God even though we don't see how things will turn out for good. Thank you for your comment, Florence, and may God watch over you and bless you. 
     

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    "God is in the business of good"--A-men! Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses and I love your suggestions for praying it! Good reminder for me this week. ;-)

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    I'm glad you liked the post, Leigh, and that you appreciated hearing it. I'm grateful God is in the business of good. That is our comfort and hope!
     

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    What a beautiful post.  I love it when verses are broken down in this way!  Thanks for sharing such a powerful and important piece of truth!
     

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for visiting and commenting, Dara! May God watch over you and bless you this week. (And always!)

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    i love this verse! And I love "God is in the business of good!"

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    Yes, He is truly good. All the time.

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    Such a heartfelt beauitful post!

    Aug 25, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Allyson!

    Aug 25, 2015

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