A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:21-24 NIV)
Prayer: LORD, there has been pain in my life that has at times overcome any reason for joy that I could find. But even now, regardless of what has happened in the past, I believe that You can heal my wounds, restore my joy, and renew my hope. You said to ask, so I am asking: Heal me, renew me, and restore me. Begin the process; do whatever You need to do in my life to make it so. In Jesus’ name, Amen.