If difficult times are really refiner's fires used by Father God to purify and refine His people, why would anyone want to pray them away? What kind of heart would not want to be the best they can be so the Lord is glorified?
I guess there is an element of the Christian body that avoids any kind of discomfort or inconvenience, but that doesn't work when the Word says that if we say we abide in Him, we are to walk and conduct ourselves as He did. He went to the cross, a pretty brutal place, for us. It seems right to embrace the training we need to help us have that kind of heart.