Romans 12:12 - Be Joyful in Hope; Patient in Affliction and Faithful in Prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV) Be joyful in hope, 
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

Romans 12:12 (NLT) Rejoice in our confident 
hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 


   Hey, Buck, what do you think penguins 
did to deserve that life?" John said, in his 
John Brooklynese. I know this sounds like a 
strange conversation starter, but if you knew John 
you'd understand. "Okay. I'll bite," I said, 
settling in for the verbal ride. 
   "Seriously, take a look at those guys. 
They basically live in a subzero blizzard, 
everything around is trying to eat them, the dads have 
to stand there protecting an egg while the mom 
walks a million miles for a beak-full of food to 
bring back..." 
   But John, being John, was off to another 
   But I was stuck on the penguins. Do you 
ever wonder the same? God, what did I do to 
deserve this? 
   It's interesting, the longer I walk with 
the Lord, the more wonderfully mysterious He 
becomes. Sometimes He blesses me when I least expect 
it. Sometimes I think I'm plugging along great 
and He leads me smack into a season of struggle. 
But, fair winds or storms, He is God. And He is 
   I've never stood in a blizzard protecting 
an egg. But there have been rough parts of the 
road, and it's been there in the valleys, in the 
darkest dark, that I've felt that warm arm around my 
shoulders and I've heard that heavenly whisper of love 
that never leaves or forsakes. Looking back, I 
wouldn't trade a mile. 
   And, now that I think about it, penguins 
actually look pretty happy. Maybe they already know 
something I'm learning every day - mountaintop or 
canyon, we have a Friend on the journey. And I'm so 
   May the stars make me humble and the 
storms make me strong. Thank You, Lord. for the 
things that bring me closer to You. Buck Storm 
[Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   In 1 Corinthians 15:43-44 (TLB), we read, 
"The bodies we have now embarrass us, for they 
become sick and die; but they will be full of glory 
 Yes, they are weak, dying bodies now, but 
when we live again they will be full of strength. 
They are just human bodies at death, but when 
they come back to life they will be superhuman 
bodies. For just as there are natural, human bodies, 
there are also supernatural, spiritual bodies." I 
can hardly believe it. I, with shriveled, bent 
fingers; atrophied muscles; and no feeling from the 
shoulders down will one day have a new body - light, 
bright, and clothed in righteousness - powerful and 
dazzling. Can you imagine the hope this gives someone 
with a spinal cord injury, a brain injury, 
cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or bipolar 
disease? As the apostle Paul writes, we can "be 
joyful in hope" (Rom. 12:12) just allowing our 
imaginations to think about such things. 
   Lord, I thank You and praise You for the 
indescribable, almost explosive hope in 1 Corinthians 15. 
When Im weary and discouraged over arms and 
legs that don't work. I remember that the time is 
very short - a handful of years at most - until I 
will step into a new body made to live forever. A 
body like Yours! What a wondrous, joyful thought! 
[A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada 
and Larry Libby] 

Prayer is a Habit Worth Having
   Do you want to know how to deepen your 
prayer life? At the risk of sounding like a 
preacher - which I am - may I make a suggestion? Why 
dont you check your habits? 
   In Romans 12:12, Paul says, When 
trials come endure them patiently; steadfastly 
maintain the habit of prayer. Prayer is a habit 
worth having. Dont prepare to pray. Just pray. 
Dont read about prayer. Just pray. Dont attend 
a lecture on prayer or engage in discussion 
about prayer. Just pray. 
   Posture, tone, and place are personal 
matters. Select the form that works for you. But 
dont think about it too much. Dont be so 
concerned about wrapping the gift that you never give 
it. Better to pray awkwardly than not at all. 
And if you feel you should only pray when 
inspired, thats okay. Just see to it that you are 
inspired every day. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


Hope is a golden cord connecting you to 
heaven. This cord helps you hold your head up high, 
even when multiple trials are buffeting you. I 
never leave your side, and I never let go of your 
hand. But without the cord of hope, your head may 
slump and your feet may shuffle as you journey 
uphill with Me. Hope lifts your perspective from 
your weary feet to the glorious view you can see 
from the high road. You are reminded that the 
road we are traveling together is ultimately a 
highway to heaven. When you consider this radiant 
destination, the roughness or smoothness of the road 
ahead becomes much less significant. I am training 
you to hold in your heart a dual focus: My 
continual Presence and the hope of heaven. (Rom. 
12:12; 1Th. 5:8; Heb. 6:18, 19) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 


Romans 15:13 - Finding Hope In A 
Relationship With Jesus. 


Romans 5:3-5 - Hope Never Disappoints.


Romans 5:3-5 - Turning Trials Into Treasures.


Romans 12:12 - Perseverance in Prayer.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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