2020 has shaped up to be a rough year so far. Everywhere I turn it feels like I run into more bad news. Does it feel that way to you? Well, I am comforted by the fact that God is present in the middle of our crisis. Becky and I lean on prayer, and lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding how we can all pray for better times. In today’s post, I will be sharing four things you should pray for during times of crisis. First, I want to lead with this scripture:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;Isaiah 43:1-3
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
What to Pray in Difficult Times
Pray for Supernatural Healing
We could all use some healing in our lives, whether it’s physical healing from COVID-19 or spiritual healing from the brokenness that surrounds us. You may need emotional healing as you grieve the job you just lost or as you battle the anxiety that has been brought on. I believe that God wants to heal us, and he exemplifies that in John 5:6.
I encourage you to take it a step further as well. Don’t just pray for your own healing, pray for the healing of this nation. If you know of specific people who need healing, say their name out loud. Petition God for them, be specific, and be consistent.
Pray for Supernatural Favor
Supernatural favor is a promise of God, and we believe it is our inheritance. We already thank God for the favor in our lives, even if it hasn’t shown up yet. See, God can plant dreams in our hearts as seeds, but we have to water them to make them grow. Prayer is that water.
Becky and I speak supernatural favor over our lives because we believe what we say with our mouths has power. We also believe that when we declare it, we are speaking favor over our lives. Psalm 5:12 (NIV) says, “Surely Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
God has shown us time and time again that we are favored, and we hang on to that.
Pray for Double Double
Many of us have lost many things during this time. I fully believe the principle of double double, which is that God will repay you in full what was lost.
The story of Job is so compelling because it’s a story of bad things that happen to a good man, and the Bible says that God allowed the suffering to come onto Job. However, when it is all over, this is what the Lord promises: “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10 NIV). As a pastor, I learned that if anything shows up in the Bible more than once, it is especially important to God. The idea of double double is no different.
Whatever you are going through right now, whatever you may have lost, know that God is faithful in restoring the waste places.
Pray Without Ceasing
Growing up in the church, I heard this phrase over and over again. “Pray without ceasing, pray without ceasing!” I never fully grasped the point until tragedy came into my life. Many of you know about the time my son spent in the hospital. During his stay there, I promise you I was praying every chance I got. There would be times during his recovery that I was working and suddenly the reality of what I almost lost hit me like a bus. I was overcome by fear that I could lose my son, and every time that happened, I offered up a prayer.
Every time you are reminded of your loss or your grief, or that of our great nation, I encourage you to utter a quick prayer. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but there is something special about praying without ceasing.
I hope this post has helped you today. Don’t forget to tune into our weekly livestream sessions where Becky and I address prayer and spiritual life as well as real estate and finance. Register here for this week’s session, Saturday at 10 a.m. MT!