By Carrie Lowrance, Crosswalk.com
Let’s face it; life is hard and full of uncertainty. We live in a fast paced world that is changing everyday, if not every second. There are many things that can knock us off balance and shake our faith. Anything from a job loss to an illness to an unexpected life event. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to pray and even what to pray when life gets you down. In my own experience, I always pray for three things: wisdom, discernment and for God’s will to be done.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without fault and it will be given to you.” -James 1:5
1. Pray for Wisdom
When we are in the midst of a storm and have to make heavy decisions that seem to have no answers, it can seem like wisdom is eluding us. The definition of wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. It is always wise to first ask God for wisdom in order to make decisions. We must not to lean on our own knowledge and understanding. According to Proverbs 4:7, wisdom and good judgment are some of the most important things to acquire. It is also important have the wisdom to know the difference between the wisdom of God and the whispers of the enemy.
“Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.” -Psalm 119:66
2. Pray for Discernment
When life gets you down, it is very easy for the enemy to get in. He will often speak lies and try to encourage you to make the wrong decision. When you are down on yourself or life in general, he will amplify the fears, insecurity and doubts. It is crucial to pray for the ability to discern God’s voice, for it to be amplified beyond a doubt. We all discern His voice in different ways, from hearing His voice in our head to a feeling of utter peace and stillness. For some of us he speaks very loud and clear. Regardless, praying for discernment helps your spirit weed out the deceiver from a spiritually sound answer. With discernment comes trust. Sometimes it is hard when you either don’t receive an answer or you receive an answer you don’t want. We must remember that God wants (and knows) the best for us and any situation.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18
3. Pray for God’s Will
We sometimes get caught up in how we want things to work out or how we think things should go. We also get caught up in our own timing and how fast we think things should be resolved. It’s part of being human. When you realize you’re doing this, stop and pray and ask God for his will to be done. Give Him the praise and the glory because you know you are exactly where He wants you in order to teach you something or for you to grow. Remember to always praise Him in the storm.
Has life got you down today? Are things so hard right now that you don’t even know what to pray? Let these words be your cry.
Dear Lord, times are really hard right now and life has really got me down. I don’t know what to do. I ask that You bestow Your wisdom upon me. I don’t want to lean on my own knowledge anymore, because it has let me down so many times. I need to hear Your voice. Give me the discernment to hear Your voice and Your voice alone. Speak to me in the way You know I will hear you best. I also pray for Your Will, Lord. I give You the praise and the glory in my circumstances because I know that I am exactly where You want me. I know this is to teach me something or to help me to grow. No matter what, I trust you and ask You to show what is best in this situation. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Carrie Lowrance is a freelance writer and author. She has been featured on Huffington Post, She Is Fierce, Parachute, The Frugal Farmer, etc. She is also the author of two books of poetry, one children's book, and she writes her own personal finance blog at carrielowrance.com.
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