How To Pray To God For Help When Life Feels Impossible
Discover your God-given purpose and live it out, even when life feels impossible. Praying to God for help when life feels impossible doesn’t require a poetry degree or perfectly rehearsed language. Principles were demonstrated many times in the Bible, but especially in the book of Acts.
THE FOLLOWERS’ COMMITMENT TO PRAYER
God sent an angel to awaken Peter and lead him out of prison, right past every guard, because the church was exploding and the disciples were constantly seeking God’s guidance.
Before we uncover the 4 principles, let’s address the roadblocks that sometimes hinder our ability to pray to God for help.
I don’t have a secret way of praying that I haven’t told you about, but I will give you some advice: first, be aware of the true roadblock that prevents you from approaching God: sin; second, confess your sin if you have a disagreement with someone or God.
1. Learn to pray UNTO GOD.
We don’t pray “unto” God 50-75% of the time; what if, before saying a word in prayer, we consciously became aware of who we’re speaking to? It isn’t automatic, and it isn’t always easy, but it is possible.
Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth, u2013 Psalm 121. Ponder God’s attributes by reading a Psalm.
Pray: God, I want to remember who You are. And I want to make sure that I’m speaking to You, not to the people I’m praying with, or not just to get my prayers done.
If you want to enter God’s presence, it doesn’t mean you’ve been a good boy or girl today; as a born-again Christian, you can only enter the Kingdom of God on earth through the blood of Jesus Christ.
2. We must pray earnestly.
An earnest prayer is a biblical term that means coming to God with all your heart, soul, and mind. It’s akin to a tired, terrified parent praying at 2 a.m. for their young child’s high fever to go away.
Test your perseverance and desire to see God show up in this situation by asking yourself this question: What is my level of perseverance and desire to see God show up in this situation?
Pray: Lord, I’m facing an impossible situation and I need You. Give me strength and faith to come to you earnestly, knowing you’re a Good Father.
You can approach God with all your heart, soul, and mind, saying, “God, I’m serious! I want what I’m asking of You!”
3. Pray corporately.
Consider Jonathan Edwards, the Reformation, or Korea today, and you’ll find people praying daily and corporately. In Acts, prayer was more than a priority; it was a requirement for the church.
Believe what the New Testament says about prayer and join other believers in calling out to God; you’ll be a part of God’s work and see things happen. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer.
Pray: Give me Your courage and strength to participate in corporate prayer. Help me to believe and see the work of Your hands.
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Do you pray in general terms or do you make a list of specific requests that you write down and present to God?
Pray: Father, give me courage and discernment to pray specifically. Open my eyes to your supernatural power.
People who seek the true God earnestly, corporately, and specifically get a front-row seat to His supernatural work in the world. Imagine the healing and peace that would result if we all applied these principles to our personal trials.
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Daily Discipleship Series on the Power of Prayer
Can you remember a time when God answered your specific prayer? Or an occasion when you were part of powerful corporate prayer? Leave a comment below and share your story.
Chip Ingram is the founder and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, a global teaching and discipleship ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including The Real God, Culture Shock, and The Real Heaven, and he and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.
How do I pray to God for help?
I hope they inspire you to make the year 2021 a year of prayer.
- Thank him.
- Ask for God’s will.
- Say what you need.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Pray with a friend.
- Pray the Word.
- Memorize Scripture.
What is the best way to ask God for help?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
Why is it important to pray for God’s help?
Prayer is your conversation with God; it’s how you can build a personal, meaningful relationship with the God of the universe who loves you; it’s how he can work miracles in your heart; and it’s how he can align your life with his vision and plans through prayer.
How do I ask God for a miracle?
Pray with precision.
- As part of your prayer, repeat simple and direct phrases. For example, repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer,” which goes like this: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me.”
What is the most powerful healing prayer?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do I activate God’s healing power?
Allow God’s healing power to flow freely in your life!
- Receive and share healing words.
- Pray with authority to release God’s power.
- Continue to minister to people if they aren’t healed right away.
- Use the five-step prayer model.
- Step out, take risks, and watch God do the miraculous.
How do I talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
Why do we need to pray if God knows everything?
We acknowledge our reliance on the Lord and his grace and mercy when we pray. God doesn’t need your prayers because He knows exactly what you need before you even ask, but we desperately need Him in our lives, so our prayers are a proactive act of faith on our part.
Why is prayer so powerful?
Prayer is a powerful weapon available to anyone who loves God and knows His son Jesus Christ. Prayer energizes a believer’s heart through the power of the Holy Spirit, and consistent prayer releases the power of God’s blessing on your life and circumstances.
Does God get tired of my prayers?
God answers our prayers out of love and concern for us. As Christians trying to live a godly life, God will not answer prayers that conflict with His will for our lives. According to the Bible, our heavenly Father knows our every need before we even come to Him.
What are the 4 types of miracles?
Faith healings, exorcisms, resurrections, and natural control are the most common.
How do you know if God is punishing you?
Because you’re a normal human being in a broken world, you’re experiencing difficult losses, painful emotions, terrible situations, depression, and loneliness. Your feelings are normal, but they’re not accurate; you think God is punishing you, but that’s just how you feel. God loves you and is watching over you.