Christ once said, "In this present world, you would have many tribulations." But He didn't say this without giving you and me a way out. What was His way out for us? He said, "But be of good courage, I have overcome the world!"

However, has it always been easy for anyone to remain courageous and maintain their poise and balance in the face of many seemingly destabilizing obstacles? I know that even now, the troubles that surround you may seem like the multiple heads of a hydra, and you may be wondering if there'd ever be a break.

I have had and still confront many battles and circumstances, too. It's true that as long as we're alive, we're not free from this world's challenges. But is there a better way to wait and be courageous than to be prayerful? Indeed, it takes divine courage to wait; but it takes heartfelt and believing prayers to be courageous.

You can take a hint from Christ's action right before He was arrested. He was about to enter into a very challenging part of His mission, where He'd be betrayed, falsely accused, unfairly judged and ultimately, wrongly condemned. Yet what did He do? He prayed and waited in Gethsemane!

I know that while my present challenges might not be about facing an impending crucifixion, I'm often in situations where trusting God for a breakthrough is the only hope I rely on.

There are even times I seem to be at the end of the dark tunnel and think the lights are now so close, but boom, here comes another battle! In some cases, I even see options to move or maneuver but God says to stand still to see the promise.

So, when God's directive to you during the trying times is to stand still, that means you must learn to wait and pray as Jesus did. Jesus waited and prayed and although He was crucified, He saw the promise nonetheless. What was the promise Jesus saw? It was resurrection! He knew that God would not abandon Him to the hands of death and the grave.

I know that you may be battling with life's distinct challenges, too. But I'm glad to tell you that Christ always has the answer to all of life's questions! You can always wait and pray as you trust Him for the breakthrough and fulfillment of divine promises.

Consequently, I had methods that aided me during these tough times. The first thing was to emulate Jesus who went to the garden of Gethsemane discreetly and to avoid much human interference. So, I likewise learned to shut out the noise of others and heed only God's voice during these dire moments.

Secondly, while it's now for sale on my blog, I made a prayer journal and I used it during these periods. You may place an order for it, and it could serve as a guide for you, too.

Finally, I want you to always remember how the Bible describes the fate of those who learn to wait on God in Isaiah 40:29-31 (NLT), “He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”