In the previous blog I alluded as to how we pray during times of trouble and I hope it has been of help to you. However, I do recognize that at times it takes a while before we see answers to our prayer and the waiting can be hard. So how do we pray despite our troubles?
The battle belongs to the Lord should be our response to such circumstances and invite Him to take charge. Our prayers should change from those of God have mercy on us to those of God show yourself strong. We need to approach the throne room bearing in mind that we have won and that the Lord is taking over all our situations. Faith is believing what we cannot see and declaring it is as though it’s already done. The circumstance may be screaming loudly and its results may be clear but that just gives God a bigger platform to show His might. A prayer of victory is an invitation for God to show His power.
I will still take cue from the prayer offered by King Hezekiah during one of the worst times for the Israelites as they faced imminent destruction in the hands of the Assyrian king, Sennacherib. Sennacherib had fought against all the fortified cities of Judah and taken them and was now threatening to take over Jerusalem. He even blasphemed against God comparing Him to the other gods of the land that he had conquered. The reality was that Sennacherib had destroyed many cities but King Hezekiah held to a truth beyond the facts; the battle belonged to the Lord. In light of this, he said a short prayer that simply ushered God into the situation.
Isaiah 37:15-20 Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord saying: “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands- wood and stone therefore they destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.
Stand on truth
God’s promises for our lives are alive and true and we bank on them when nothing seems to make any sense. We need to meditate on God’s word in our situations and believe that it will come to pass. It is the light to our paths in those dark moments and a comfort to our souls. However hearing the word will not help unless we love this word; we need to constantly meditate upon it even when things are okay for us to believe God will come through for us when things get tough.
The more I read God’s word, the more I realize He loves me so much to let me despair in the problems. We need to take our bibles and love on Him by reading the word.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.
In the few years I have been in the prayer ministry, I have come to notice the power of speaking God’s Word into people’s circumstances. People often get a warm sense of relief when they hear scripture that coincides with what they are going through-nothing is new on the face of the earth, everything we are going through has been addressed in scripture. I always try to blog with illustrations from the bible for the same reason-to let people see that God’s Word is as relevant today as it was with the early saints-you shall Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Our purpose in life is to glorify our Creator in all things, when it is all said and done everything belongs to Him and can be used by Him. Everything works out for good if we trust in the Lord but we have to believe this during the hard times when we are not seeing any positive signs. Having a bigger picture mindset helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel. We may not see it now, but believing that things are working together for good changes our emotions from despair to praise.
The assurance that things will be fine only comes through salvation; it is only in Christ that we find this confidence. When we confidently know that God will work things out, we begin praising Him and asking Him to use our situations for His glory.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
At the end of each prayer, glorify God in advance for the answers-show your faith by believing that He will come through. If you want to stop wallowing in your problems, then this is the secret-glorify God as if He has already answered to your cry; the truth is something is already happening in the heavens that you may not be aware of, let’s stop fussing and start praising!
Just like King Hezekiah praise God in light of the circumstances while believing in His deliverance. The only way to praise at such times is by knowing Him better, click here to see why. Have a blessed week.
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- 4. Desperation Prayer (biblemeditationshop.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.