Praying in Time of Need

Praying in Time of Need

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When do you ask others for help? I really dislike doing it. If at all possible, I would rather do something on my own instead of asking for help from someone else. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to be a burden to the other person. Sometimes, I realize I need help because of my own dumb fault and it would be embarrassing to ask for help.

I feel like my prayer life sometimes follows this pattern as well. Rather than “ask for help” from God, I’d rather do it myself. I’m fully capable of solving my own problems, right? Or sometimes I feel like maybe God doesn’t want to hear from me because I made this mess, now I’m not worthy to receive His help. Essentially, I am creating artificial barriers in my prayer life. Do you ever do that?

Maybe it’s time to stop believing these lies. You aren’t able to solve all your own problems. You probably did make that mess you’re in, but God doesn’t care about that. He’s eagerly awaiting your prayers and He’s ready to help!

The early church experienced some pretty intense, hard times, but that didn’t stop them from seeking help. After a period of violence against the church, Peter was arrested and seemed as good as dead after being arrested. The church decided to call for help:

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Acts 12:5

When they were in the most need, God’s people turned to Him for help. The church gathered to pray for Peter’s safety, despite all outward signs pointing to certain death. And God delivered. Peter was spared and the church rejoiced!

What dire situation are you facing right now? God is ready, willing, and able to help. It’s time to seek Him in earnest prayer.

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