Lord, it is hard for me to embrace this concept of being thankful in all circumstances. It runs counter to every instinct in my personality. I guess that means this step is just one more aspect of ridding myself of my old nature.
Lord Jesus, I open myself now to Your surpassing plan. Help me move into a position in which I will give thanks in all circumstances and every trial. I want to know You in the fellowship of Your sufferings—producing in me that fountain of compassion that Derek spoke of in his message. Help me, Lord. I am willing to make that request, and I do so now, Lord. Amen.