Prayer difficult times

Many of these prayers come from the resources of the Episcopal Church, especially The Book of Common Prayer and Enriching our Worship 2.  They are reproduced here in keeping with the copyright guidelines of the publisher.  All rights are reserved to the Church Pension Group as publisher. Any of the following prayers may be adapted as needed.

A Prayer In Response to Gun Violence

Let us lament with all those who are touched by gun violence
Let us lament the shooter’s choice for violence
Let us lament laws that allow violent men easy access to guns
Let us lament our politicians’ unwillingness to work for change
Let us lament with the hearts broken by loss today
Let us lament all the lives cut short today
Let us lament, O God, and then let us rise from our knees to work for change
In the name of Christ, the prince of peace. Amen.

The Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King, Executive Pastor and Canon for Social Justice

A Prayer for DACA Dreamers

Most Holy God, in your word we read so many stories about the ones you have protected as they left home in search of a better life. Your servant Ruth said, “Your people will be my people, your God, my God.” You loved her and found a place for her in Israel. Scripture inspires us to strive for greater hospitality to the poor, the weak and strangers.

You have blessed us with dreamers who arrived here as children and today seek a way to make their contribution to our common life. We pray for them now. We pray that they will be allowed to work, study and live in safety. We pray that those in authority may turn away from the demons of prejudice, fear and scarcity, that they will set their hearts on acts of mercy. We pray that you will give us vision and inspire our concrete actions as we seek to realize our goal of liberty and justice for all.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Malcolm Clemens Young, Dean of Grace Cathedral

Give us Hope

When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will.

John D. Rayner

For Trust in God

O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Pain

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’ will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to you will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.

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As Jesus cried out on the cross, I cry out to you in pain, O God my Creator. Do not forsake me. Grant me relief from this suffering and preserve me in peace; through Jesus Christ my Savior, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

For Sleep

O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

In the Morning

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

In the Evening

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’ sake. Amen.

A Child’s Prayer

Jesus, our Redeemer, Good Shepherd of the sheep, you carry the lambs in your arms. I place myself in your loving care. Stop my pain, give me help and strength, and raise me up to a life of joy. Hear me, I pray, for your dear Name’ sake. Amen.

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Gentle Jesus, stay beside me through this day . Take away my pain. Keep me safe. Help me in my fear. Make my body strong again and my heart glad. Thank you for your love which surrounds me always. Amen.

For a Sick Person

God of all comfort, our very present help in trouble, be near to me. Look on me with the eyes of your mercy; comfort me with a sense of your presence; preserve me from the enemy; and give me patience in my affliction. Restore me to health, and lead me to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Protection

Christ, light of light, brightness indescribable, the Wisdom, power and glory of God, the Word made flesh: you overcame the forces of Satan, redeemed the world, then ascended again to the Father. Grant me, I pray, in this tarnished world, the shining of your splendor. Send your Archangel Michael to defend me, to guard my going out and coming in, and to bring me safely to your presence, where you reign in the one holy and undivided Trinity, to ages of ages. Amen.

For One Suffering from Mental Distress

Blessed Jesus, in the comfort of your love, I lay before you the memories that haunt me, the anxieties that perplex me, the despair that frightens me, and my frustration at my inability to think clearly. Help me to discover your forgiveness in my memories and know your peace in my distress. Touch me, O Lord, and fill me with your light and your hope. Amen.

For Recovery from Sickness

God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of those who suffer: Hear my prayers and grant me the power of your grace, that my sickness may be turned into health, and my sorrow into joy; for Jesus Christ’ sake. Amen.

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Spirit of all healing, visit me, your child; in your power, renew health within me and raise me up in joy, according to your loving-kindness, for which I give thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

For Strength and Confidence

Gracious God, only source of life and health: Help, comfort, and relieve me, and give your power of healing to those who minister to my needs; that my weakness may be turned to strength and confidence in your loving care; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the Sleepless

Holy and Blessed One: shine on me as I lie sleepless. Illumine my spirit and give me rest in you, so that I may recognize you as the true God who brings us out of darkness into our eternal light. Amen.

For Rest

O God my refuge and strength: in this place of unrelenting light and noise, enfold me in your holy darkness and silence, that I may rest secure under the shadow of your wings. Amen.

For Sanctification of Illness

Sanctify, O Holy One, my sickness, that awareness of weakness may add strength to my faith and determination to my repentance; and grant that I may be made whole, according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Before an Operation

Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Keep me, Holy One, as the apple of your eye. Though I fear anesthesia, help me rest myself in your watchful care, and awake in the firm hope of your healing. Amen.

For an Extended Course of Treatment

Strengthen me, O God, to go where I have to go and bear what I have to bear; that, accepting your healing gifts at the hands of surgeons, nurses, and technicians, I may be restored to wholeness with a thankful heart; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

For Survivors of Abuse and Violence

Holy One, you do not distance yourself from the pain of your people, but in Jesus bear that pain with us and bless all who suffer at others’ hands. Hallow my flesh and all creation; with your cleansing love bring me healing and strength; and by your justice, lift me up, that in the body you have given me, I may again rejoice. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

In Times of Personal Distress

Lord Christ, you came into the world as one of us, and suffered as we do. As I go through the trials of life, help me to realize that you are with me at all times and in all things; that I have no secrets from you; and that your loving grace enfolds me for eternity. In the security of your embrace I pray. Amen.

Thanksgiving for Recovery

God, your loving-kindness never fails and your mercies are new every morning. I thank you for giving me relief from pain and hope of health renewed. Continue the good work begun in me; that increasing daily in wholeness and strength, I may rejoice in your goodness and so order my life always to think and do that which pleases you; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

For One Who Fears Losing Hope

Loving God, by your Holy Spirit inspire me, as I fear losing hope. Give me a fresh vision of your love, that I may find again what I fear I have lost. Grant me your powerful deliverance; through the One who makes all things new, Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

For Those Who Are Developmentally Disabled

Giver of all grace, we pray your peace, which passes all understanding, for us who are developmentally disabled. Grant that we may always be sustained in love, our gifts honored, and our difficulties understood, that none may add to our troubles. We ask this in the name of the one who comforted those who were troubled in mind, Jesus our Savior. Amen.

In Thanksgiving

Thank you, Holy and Mighty One, for the many gifts of your love, even for the painful gift of fear which reminds me that only you are God. Into the mystery of your love I entrust myself. Dress me in the armor of your light and keep me safe; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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In the midst of illness, God, I pause to give you thanks: for the glory of creation, which reveals in many forms your matchless beauty; for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Savior; for your gift of my life and the presence of the Holy Spirit; for loved ones who care for me; and for the companionship of the Church. I thank you, blessed Trinity, holy God, for the gifts which sustain me in my time of need. Amen.

Loss of Memory

Holy God, you have known me from my mother’ womb, and have been with me throughout my life. Protect me and keep me safe through all the changes that may come. Since I am sealed as Christ’ own, help me to trust that who I am will never be lost to you. Amen.

In Confinement

My Creator, you rolled out the heavens and spread the sky like a tent: bless to me the small confinement of this room, the long days, disturbances of night, immobility of body, and unease of soul, that this place of exile may become my holy ground, and Jesus my deliverer. Amen.

For Serenity

Merciful Jesus, you are my guide, the joy of my heart, the author of my hope, and the object of my love. I come seeking refreshment and peace. Show me your mercy, relieve my fears and anxieties, and grant me a quiet mind and an expectant heart, that by the assurance of your presence I may learn to abide in you, who is my Lord and my God. Amen.

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Jesus, let your mighty calmness lift me above my fears and frustrations. By your deep patience, give me tranquility and stillness of soul in you. Make me in this, and in all, more and more like you. Amen.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Caregivers

Merciful God, I thank you that since I have no strength to care for myself, you serve me through the hands and hearts of others. Bless these people that they may continue to serve you and please you all their days. Amen.

A Prayer of Comfort in God

God, you are my help and comfort; you shelter and surround me in love so tender that I may know your presence with me, now and always. Amen.

In Desolation

O God, why have you abandoned me? Though you have hidden your face from me, still from this dread and empty place, I cry to you, who have promised me that underneath are your everlasting arms. Amen.

After the Loss of a Pregnancy

O God, who gathered Rachel’s tears over her lost children, hear now my/our sorrow and distress at the death of my/our expected child; in the darkness of loss, stretch out to me/us the strength of your arm and renewed assurance of your love; through your own suffering and risen Child Jesus. Amen.

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Holy God, I lament I have not had strength to hold, bear, and nurture the new life you have sent. Lift me up from my distress. Fill my grieving heart. Renew my hope. Receive the child I return to you into the arms of your mercy, for which I also yearn. Amen.

For Diagnosis of Terminal Illness

O God, only you number my days. Help me to look bravely at the end of my life in this world, while trusting in my life in the next. Journey with me toward my unexplored horizon where Jesus my Savior has gone before. Amen.

For Difficult Treatment Choices

Jesus, at Gethsemane you toiled with terrifying choices. Be with me now as I struggle with a fearful choice of treatments which promise much discomfort and offer no guarantee of long-term good. Help me know that you will bless my choice to me, and, good Savior, be my companion on the way. Amen.

For Caregivers and Others in Support of the Sick

Lover of souls, we bless your Holy Name for all who are called to mediate your grace to those who are sick or infirm. Sustain them by your Holy Spirit, that they may bring your loving-kindness to those in pain, fear, and confusion; that in bearing one another’ burdens they may follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Compassionate God, support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern, and prayer for the sick and distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears may they know your peace. In their prayer may they know your steadfast love. May they not grow weary or faint-hearted, for your mercy’ sake. Amen.

For Companions to Those Who Are Chronically Ill

O God, surround N. with your compassion as she/he/they live with N. in sickness. Help N. to accept the limits of what she/he/they can do, that feelings of helplessness and frustration may be transformed into serene acceptance and joyful hope in you. Let her/him/them remember the grief and love of Jesus over the afflictions of his friends, knowing that God too weeps. Bring her/him/them gladness and strengthened love in her/his/their service; through Christ our companion. Amen.

At the Limits of Our Power to Help

O Lord, we are at the limits of our power to help. For what we have left undone, forgive us. For what you have helped us to do, we thank you. For what must be done by others, lend your strength. Now shelter us in your peace which passes our understanding. Amen.

For Those Who Are Sick and Those Who Minister to Them

Gracious God, source of life and health: Jesus came to our disordered world to make your people whole. Send your Spirit on those who are sick and all who minister to them; that when the sick enter your peace, they may offer thanks to your Great Name; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

For Health Care Providers

Give your blessing, gracious God, to those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and the prevention of disease and pain. Give them the wisdom of your Holy Spirit, that through their work the health of our community may be advanced and your creation glorified; through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Emergency Workers

God our strong deliverer: when those charged with the urgent mediation of your healing power feel overwhelmed by the numbers of the suffering, uphold them in their fatigue and banish their despair. Let them see with your eyes, so they may know all their patients as precious. Give comfort, and renew their energy and compassion, for the sake of Jesus in whom is our life and our hope. Amen.

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Divine Physician, hear our prayers for those in emergency medicine. By your healing power, grant them quick minds and skillful hands. Strengthen them in times of trauma. In quiet times, give them rest and assurance of the value of their work. Keep them ever prepared for the work you have called them to do, for your mercy’ sake. Amen.

For Relatives of an Organ Donor

Blessed Jesus, who said “unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it shall not live,” help us to release N. to everlasting life, and N.’s body to give new life to others you also love, as you have given your body that we might have life abundant, for which we give great thanks. Amen.

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by Angela (North Carolina, United States Of America)

Saint Joseph beloved Foster Father to Jesus Christ. I have prayed to you before and received your help. I beg of you to smile down on me once more as I am truly in need. I am a 36 year old single woman with Asperger’s Syndrome who lives with my parents on disability.

Please help me find the strength to write my novel, the help we need to clean out our homes to sell them, the money we need to move states so we can be closer to my sister and her family, and my one true love whom I am destined to marry. I dream of all these things as my parents and I are disabled, and I graduated with a degree but got seriously ill afterwards.

Please, shine your grace upon me and my loved ones. Tell Jesus to have mercy on us all.

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“As a child of God, you ought to expect God to answer your prayers. Do you ask God to do something without adjusting your life to what you are praying? If you are praying for revival, how are you preparing for its coming? If you are praying for forgiveness, are you still living with guilt? If you have asked God to provide for your needs, do you remain worried and anxious? Ask God to increase your faith, and then begin living a life that reflects absolute trust in Him.” Henry Blackaby

Dear intercessors,

We all want God to answer our prayers. We believe in the power of prayer, but when it comes down to our own individual lives and our own problems, we often don’t have the faith to believe God will answer. The times we are living in are difficult. We are often trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. He wants to enlarge our territory. He wants to bless us with increase, because His nature is to care and bestow divine favor on us.

We are the ones who limit Him because of our lack of trust and our fear of stepping out in faith. The truth is that the things we do for God should be outside of our own ability and should be trusting in His supernatural ability. When we back away from dependence and trust in God, we are not living by faith. He wants us to trust and obey His Word. He wants us to be strong and courageous. We need to be willing to attempt things big enough that unless God’s steps in, we are sure to fail. This is the kind of trust and dependence He is looking for in our life. We need not be shaken. He can break through every obstacle. He is the God of the impossible!

A Prayer for Trusting God in Hard Times

Lord, I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. Help me to focus on You and Your power. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb who believed in a good report and focused on You even in hard circumstances (Numbers 14:7-9). My responsibility is to carefully read, trust, and obey Your Word. Today I bring before You this difficulty in my life . Help me not to fear but to trust You in this situation. I declare my faith in Your ability to fulfill Your promises to me. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true.  

I have nothing to fear with You on my side. I will be strong and courageous even in hard times. I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). You will never leave me or forsake me (Joshua 1:5). I do not need to figure everything out. You already know the best plan for my life. I will not try any man-made method to do only what You can do. Show me Your supernatural power. Teach me how to walk by faith and pray breakthrough prayers. I choose to have faith in Your ability to break through every obstacle in my life. Just like Joshua, You will give me the land and every place where my feet step (Joshua 1:3). “Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever” (Psalm 44:5-8).
 

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:5-11). In Jesus name, amen.“Faith does the impossible because it lets God undertake for us, and nothing is impossible for God. How great – without qualification or limitation – the power of faith is! If doubt can be banished from the heart and unbelief is made a stranger there, what we ask from God will surely come to pass. Prayer throws faith on God and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.”

Together in the Harvest,
 
Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)

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Inside: Prayer during difficult times can sometimes seem impossible. But really it’s the key to victory. Prayer defeats the enemy. Here are 7 keys to becoming a prayer warrior.

Sometimes I struggle with prayer during difficult times. I mean I know that I need to pray. I know that prayer changes things. But sometimes I just don’t know where to start.  When the hard times come I don’t always have time to create a prayer strategy.

My emotions often overwhelm me. Even to the point where I cannot pray.  If you are anything like me I bet you can relate. No worries though I’ve got you covered.  (If you are struggling to know how to pray you might want to check out my FREE guide: How to Pray Your Way to Victory)

Over the years I have learned a few things about prayer during difficult times: how to create a prayer strategy,  overcoming obstacles to prayer and spiritual growth and more.  I share all these things right here on the blog. You will find a little of my personal testimony mixed in with practical tips, encouragement and the occasional kick in the butt (all with love of course).

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The Ultimate Guide to Prayer During Hard Times

When the hard times come, it’s critical that we know how to fight the enemy.  The Bible is clear that all Christians have an enemy in the devil. He walks around looking for someone to devour and destroy. He is on a kill mission. And you my friend have a target on your back.

I know that can be daunting to wrap our minds around. especially when our world is crumbling around us. But fear not, we are not without hope and a way out. Prayer during hard times is the way that we defeat that enemy.

I was saved before I could ride my bike without training wheels. I loved God and I knew that He loved me and that carried me through my younger years. But when the devil came knocking on my door I needed more. And honestly, I was lost and confused …. easy prey.

It was during the hardest season of my life that I finally learned how to fight back against the schemes of the enemy.  Once I learned this one thing I found more peace in my chaos and I also stopped running myself into the ground trying to fix things that were beyond my abilities.

I had to embrace my inner prayer warrior if I was going to win this battle. And that is exactly what you need to do as well.

7 Keys to Becoming a Prayer Warrior

Spiritual warfare is real. When you are praying during hard times you are engaging in war against the enemy of your soul.  It’s not something that is talked about a lot in churches these days and I have to wonder if that is why so many of God’s children have no idea how to fight back.

Paul gives us the battle plan to becoming a prayer warrior and defeating the devil in spiritual warfare: putting on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-19)

Key #1: Understanding the Enemy

In war, much time is spent gathering intel on the enemy.  It benefits you to understand who/what you are up against. How do they think? Where do they like to hang out? How do they like to attack?

We need to understand these things about the devil as well. He definitely has a specific plan for each of us and he knows us well. If you are going to have victory in prayer you need to return the favor. We have to see with our spiritual eyes if we are going to recognize the enemy and his attacks. This requires discernment from Heaven.

One of the easiest ways to get to know someone is to learn their name. In scripture, names do more than just identify a person. Names speak to their nature and character.  Let’s look at a few verses that speak to Satan’s character:

  • Satan is The Accuser who walks the earth looking to see what kind of trouble he can cause (Job 1:6)
  • Satan loves to point out your mistakes and sins to destroy your confidence and burden you with guilt and shame (Revelation 12:10)
  • Satan is the Father of Lies – deception is his game. He wants us in the dark about who God is and who we are in Christ (John 8:44)

Those are just a few to get you started. Knowing Satan’s character helps us to spot his attacks and know how to pray against his schemes.

Read more: 3 Ways Satan Wants to Destroy you During a Crisis

Key #2: Standing in God’s Truth

It’s tempting to be frightened by the devil’s schemes and plans. It doesn’t have to be.  Nothing he throws at you stands a chance against the truth of the Gospel.

Everything that we need to fight the devil through prayer during hard times can be found in the truth of God’s word.  The Bible tells us that when we believe in Jesus Christ that truth is what sets us free.

When the Father of Lies begins to tell you that you are too messed up for God to care or come to your rescue, the truth says that there is nothing that could separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38).

The truth can also protect us. When we know the truth found in God’s word we won’t be easily fooled by the enemy when he tries to deceive us. We can use scripture to help us pray against these attacks before they come.

Looking for some help praying scripture?

  • The Importance of Praying God’s Promises
  • How to Grow Spiritually through Prayer During Hard Times

Key #3: Walking in Righteousness

When we believe the truth of the Gospel God adopts us into His family. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are new creatures in Christ.  We live our lives the way that the Bible instructs.

Walking in righteousness is simply living out scriptures commands in everyday life. Does this mean that we do this perfectly every day? Nope.

It’s a process. Scripture calls this sanctification. It’s how we become more like Jesus.

Scripture is clear about the blessings that come from walking in obedience to the Lord. When we misstep we step out from the protection of God and we become easy targets for the enemy.

What does this have to do with prayer during hard times?

Satan is an accuser, remember? That means that he is just waiting for you to make a mistake so he can throw it in your face over and over again.  Because when you are focused on that stuff you often either forget to pray or stop praying completely.

God is perfect, but He doesn’t expect you to be. When you misstep take that as an opportunity to seek God more in prayer. Don’t let the enemy have victory over you in this area.

A few more encouraging words: 

  • The Key to being Persistent in Prayer
  • Why Your Prayers aren’t Working
  • 4 Secrets to Praying during Trials

Key #4: Having the Peace of God

The number one thing that we long for during hard times is peace. Just a moment where everything is right in our world and we don’t have to worry about anything.  That rarely happens.

There is a slight misunderstanding when it comes to peace during life’s storms. We tend to think that when we pray for peace God will step in and make all the bad stuff go away so we can have peace.

He can, but he doesn’t.

In the story of Peter walking on the water, how does God save him from drowning? Does He tell the storm to stop so that Peter is no longer afraid? Does He part the sea so that Peter can stand on dry land?

No. God does not make all the scary things go away for Peter. He simply reaches down and pulls Him out. He allows Peter to feel His presence.

In those hard moments when we cry out for peace, God offers us the same thing. He comes to our side and He sits there in the pain, the chaos, and the hard stuff with us.

When it comes to prayer for peace during the hard times don’t look for all the bad stuff to go away. Instead, offer prayers of thanks to God for all that He has done and then trust that He will work the rest out in His perfect timing.

Some other encouraging posts to help you hold onto peace:

  • The Key to being Persistent in Prayer
  • 3 Things to Remember When You Go Through a Trial

Key #5: Standing Firm in Faith

God often uses hard times to grow our faith.  I bet if you are like me, you spend a lot of time talking to God when you need Him to come to your rescue.   When things are going great we don’t always have that same urgency when it comes to praying and spending time with God.

No worries, He knows how to get our attention!

Please don’t take that mean that God is out there creating chaos in your life. He doesn’t work like that. But He will use something awful to draw you closer to Him. That’s just one way that He brings good out of bad stuff.

Paul says that our faith is like a shield. We can hold it up to stop the attacks of the enemy. This battle usually takes place in our mind: doubt, fear, and unbelief.

Our trials go on longer than we thought they would and we begin to wonder if God is actually going to do what He said He would. When you have thoughts like this focus your prayers on reminding yourself of all the reasons that you have to trust God’s promises.

Need more help standing strong in faith?

  • How to Hold onto HOPE when you want to Quit
  • How to Stand Firm on God’s Promises
  • Why God Allows Suffering in Our Lives

Key #6: The Assurance of Salvation

Salvation is a beautiful gift from God. Sometimes we think that all it does is keep us from spending an eternity in hell. My sisters, it’s so much more than that.

Salvation is about restoring you to what you were created to be. A daughter of the King of Kings.  It’s how God is able to make all the bad things work for our good and His glory.

If you are going to embrace the call of a prayer warrior then you must protect your identity in Christ.  Prayer during hard times needs to focus on all the things that are yours in Christ. Here’s a few to get you started:

  • You are completely forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
  • You are born of God and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5:18)
  • You are not bound by fear because you have the spirit of power, love and a sound mind (1 Timothy 1:7)
  • You have power over the enemy and nothing shall hurt you (Luke 10:19)

Read this next: Why Your Identity in Christ Matters During Hard Times

Key #7: The Power of Scripture and Prayer

This last one is really part of all the other keys. But I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss this one because it’s important.

A true prayer warrior spends time in God’s word and in prayer.  We cannot find victory in prayer during hard times if we don’t pray. And we won’t be effective in our prayers if we don’t spend time in the Word of God.

If you need some practical tips and encouragement on establishing a quiet time all my best stuff is right here: The Ultimate Guide to Quiet Time with God

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