She pleaded with her husband, saying, “Give me children, or I’ll die.”
He responded,”Am I God? He’s the one who has kept you from having children.”
Later we’re told, “God answered her prayers by enabling her to have children (from Genesis 30:1-22).”
Talk with the Lord about your desires, your longings, your needs. He’s the one who can and will do something about them.
Daniel and his friends pleaded for mercy from the God of heaven. Then God showed Daniel what he needed to know (from Daniel 2:16-19).
When you don’t know what to do, or how to pray, plead for mercy.
The Scriptures declare that we all fall short of the glory of God, but despite our sin, Jesus radically pursues us to show that we have always been loved.*
In spite of who we are, because of who we are, Jesus invites us to pray.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).
*Michael W. Smith, UTube video: Never Been Unloved
Start with words of affirmation. “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. You are my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God in whom I find protection. You are my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I call on you and you save me (from Psalm 18:1-3).”
This gives God the praise He deserves and it reminds you that He is bigger than your problems.
David prayed to his God for help. God came, shrouded in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. He reached down from heaven and rescued him (from Psalm 18:6-16).
Pray looking through the darkness for God. He will come.
The first thing you must learn about prayer is that God wants fellowship with you.
He is waiting to trap you into an encounter with himself, not because he needs you, but because you need him.*
*adapted from John White, The Fight, p.23.
The people we struggle with aren’t the enemy. We don’t fight against flesh-and-blood (from Ephesians 6:12).
Humble yourself before God (through prayer), resist the devil and he will flee from you (from James 4:7).