Do Not Pray for Easy Lives. Pray to Be Stronger Men.

Life can be hard, and sometimes as Christians we think it shouldn’t be so. I am sure we all have prayed for relief from the struggle and for things to make life easier. But perhaps that’s not what God has in mind. I believe our 35th president understood this principle.

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

Whether we like it or not, and I don’t think I’ve met anyone who really likes it, God uses hardship and struggle to shape us according to His plan, not ours. So the advice of John F. Kennedy is very apropos. Let’s see what the Bible says.

According to the Apostle Peter, we should not be surprised when we face trials and troubles.

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;” – 1 Peter 4:12

And what is the purpose of the struggle? That God would make us stronger.

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – 1Pet.5:10

So, as tough as it might be, it is good advice to not pray for easy lives, but rather, pray to be stronger men and women. And also remember that a faith that has not been tested cannot be trusted.


Do Not Pray for Easy Lives. Pray to Be Stronger Men. — 8 Comments

  1. Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.
    Phillips Brooks
    US Episcopal bishop (1835 – 1893)

  2. “Do Not Pray for Easy Lives. Pray to Be Stronger Men.”

    Should women pray to be stronger men, too?

  3. Haha! Yes, of course. When JFK said this quote he was speaking of mankind, inclusive of male and female. So, I would say that we should pray to be stronger men, and stronger women, stronger people.

  4. Very interesting take, thanks for your comment. Quite often in my quote research I have seen public figures and writers use the words “man” and “men” to refer to mnakind in general. In this JFK quote about being stronger men that’s how I take it. And even if he was speaking directly to men, the principle of not praying for easier lives, but to be stronger, can apply to all people.

  5. I do believe that quotes referencing “men” are meant for mankind in general, men and women. At least that’s my perception of it. And at the end of the day.. does it really matter? We all have the responsibilty, men or women, to make a difference.. let’s not get caught up with semantics.

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