Praying in Difficult Times … Philippians 4:6 … July 17, 2016
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 NKJV
A few years ago I saw a cartoon in which a little boy was on his knees by his bed preparing to pray asking, “God, where do I start ?” That is a good question even if it came from a cartoon. Has there ever been a time when you felt like that? Everything that could go wrong ….did. Life may seem so overwhelming that when approaching the throne of grace, you may not know how to express your feelings in words to God. Let me encourage you. That might be the time that you are able to pray the best. Note Romans 8:26….“For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.” Remember, emotions and feeling may not always agree with what you know to be true. Truth is, as Christian’s, Jesus will never leave you….He promised.
PRAY KNOWING THAT HE HEARS YOU!
When overwhelmed by life, the question in our thoughts or from our lips may be, “God, where are you?” In these times we can grow anxious with every fabric of our being. Desperate ….. just for just a whisper from God acknowledging that He hears you. I believe it is in times like these that Satan taunts a person as a bully would a small or weak person who is unable to defend themselves. But the truth is, GOD HEARS!!! But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and HE HEARS my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage. Psalm 55: 16-18a ESV …… The Lord is near all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also HEARS their cry and saves them. Psalm 145: 18-19 ESV
PRAY FROM YOUR HEART KNOWING HE IS WITH YOU!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my WHOLE HEART; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1 ESV Never forget all the wonderful things God has done for you. When you recount all that God has done, it will give you strength to trust that he is with you. This doesn’t mean you won’t have difficult times, but you will never be alone in those difficult times. I have said these things to you, that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:3 ESV When you grasp this truth, it should cause you to remember why he came and the purpose you have in completing His perfect work. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And behold, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 19-20 ESV
PRAY KNOWING GOD KNOWS!
God knows what you need even before you ask, yet He tells you to “let your request be made known to Him.” Jesus said, “For your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8 ESV God takes pleasure in meeting the needs of His children. But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Psalm 147:11 ESV We were created for God and by God and communication with Him was His idea. So talk with Him in prayers of praise, thanksgiving, supplications, and worship. He is worthy of this and so much more. This way of thinking and praying will help you in difficult time.
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David