This week has been a rough week for my hometown. We’ve gone through several days of storms that have brought immense flooding, including home and property damage, and in unrelated events families have experienced the loss of loved ones.
Pray when things are falling apart
When terrible things happen that we can’t understand, the best way to get through them is by praying.
There’s absolutely nothing prayer can’t accomplish. We should pray when we feel like praying, and when we don’t. Pray when our heart is full, and when our heart is empty. Pray when we have it all together, or when things are falling apart. *
But what about those days when our world really is falling apart? What about when our heart is so overwhelmed we can’t put one foot in front of the other, let alone form a cohesive thought. Through experience, I’ve discovered two ways to continue praying during these times.
Prayer through the help of the Spirit of God
Before ascending to heaven, Jesus told His disciples “His Father would be sending them an advocate in the form of the Holy Spirit to teach them.” (John 14:26) He wanted them to know that even though He could no longer be with them in the flesh, His Spirit would remain with them forever. No matter how heavy our hearts might be, we can still pray with help from the Spirit of God
It gives me great comfort to know that my prayers do not have to be eloquent, lengthy, or even spoken out-loud to be heard by my Savior. All it requires is a burdened heart seeking His guidance and help; He will take care of the rest.
“God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.”
Romans 8:26 The Message
Prayer through the help of Prayer Warriors
God gives us the Spirit, but He also provides help through human intercession. We all experience times when we can’t pray for ourselves, so the knowledge that someone else is praying is enough to help us through a bad day, week, or simply a moment of unease.
I’m immensely blessed through the prayer warriors in my life. I have a select few who would drop to their knees for me at a moments notice, and they know they can rely on me for the same thing. There’s nothing like knowing you have someone willing to walk through the valley with you, holding your hand when it’s most needed, providing the necessary encouragement to keep you moving forward, and interlocking their shields and armor with yours to fight off the worst of those bad days.
“Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me...”
Romans 15:30 NKJV
Prayer really is a beautiful gift given to us by God and it truly does make a difference. It brings wisdom, provides answers to our questions, and mends broken hearts. It’s the medicine our souls need when nothing else is able to provide a cure, and it makes having a relationship with God a reality. Prayer lets us pour our souls out to Him without a trace of judgement or condemnation, and gives us the freedom to release all of our heavy burdens in the knowledge that He will carry them for us.
Please pray with me:
Thank you for the glorious gift of prayer. On those days when everything seems to be falling apart, and the rug has been pulled out from under our feet, help us to realize that we can still turn to You. As we move forward into tomorrow, may Your comforting presence descend upon my county and tenderly comfort those who are in need.
In Your name I pray,
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* Obtained from sermon notes by Brother Mike Caudill (used by permission)
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