Pray and Trust2 min read

“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

All throughout history, people have used this verse to remember that God is their strength, and they can take refuge in Him. If you trust in God, there is always a way to face and overcome an issue. Whether the issue is something small, such as losing a homework assignment or a major disease, God will help you through.

Trusting in God might seem like a hard task, but God has given us amazing tools, such as prayer, to help make that task a bit easier. Sometimes, it might seem like He isn’t there if events are not going the way you want, but God is always there, no matter the struggle. God prevails over it all. When you pray, the answer might not be what you want it to be, or what you were expecting. However, everything happens according to God’s perfect plan.

When something isn’t going your way, trust in God and remember that He is always working for the best in a situation. God does everything in His own wisdom and time. Every battle is won, not by men or the army, but by the great power of God.

Psalm 46 also shows that God is always in control. In this chapter, He is giving advice to the people reading His Word, saying that, if they put their trust in Him, as the Israelites had done, with God, there is no reason to fear troubles, death, or evil.


Dear God,

Thank you so much for being the real, present God in our lives. You help us celebrate our triumphs and lift us up out of our sorrows. No matter the circumstance, you are always right by our sides. Please help us always remember that you will be our rock, the perfect God to lean on in troubles, and celebrate with us during the amazing times in our lives. Thank You for being with us in every moment. In Your most holy name we pray. Amen.

For more encouraging Bible verses, read:

  • Psalm 145:18
  • Psalm 62:7–8
  • Psalm 9:9
  • Psalm 91:1–9

–Devotion written by Abby, Carson, Luca, Maddie, Owen, Sam, and Tyler, grade 8, St. Matthew Lutheran School, Walled Lake

Photo (c) Prixel Creative/Lightstock

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National Lutheran Schools Week provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve. Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike.

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Bob Sells - January 31, 2019

This is a wonderful piece of work by the St. Matthew Lutheran 8th graders in Walled Lake. It warms my heart and challenges my faith when I struggle, to know that Abby (my granddaughter) is part of this special group of 8th graders.
God bless all of you for this devotion. You truly have God’s heart.

Joan Kaczander - February 1, 2019

I was amazed at the maturity of this piece. It gives me joy and comfort to know that these young people will soon be adults who will brighten our world. My grandson, Luca, is one of these gifted teens. Bless you all.