From Anneliese Rider – When Thank You is Hard to Pray

“Sometimes the doctor calls with the awful news, your car breaks down on the side of the road for the fifth time in a month, or life just doesn’t go as planned. When that happens, gratitude is never your (my) first response.

There’s no formula for expressing gratitude when you’re too numb to respond, so I don’t have an answer here. The best idea I can give: tell your unedited feelings to the One who sees—and years down the road, if time has healed enough to show you any positive outcome from the situation, say thank you then.”* (bold mine)

*http://www.annelieserider.com/blog/2018/11/24/late-thank-youspt-4

Pharaoh on Prayer

Pharaoh asked Moses to . . .
     “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away” (Exodus 8:8).
     “Plead for me” (Exodus 8:28).
     “Plead with the Lord for me, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail
     (Exodus 9:28).
     “Plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me” (Exodus 10:17).

Pharaoh saw God answer prayer. So can you.

Prayer is Claiming God’s Promises

“He was very tired, but he walked bravely on through the mist and darkness, praying in his heart that the King would watch over him. And after a time he thought of some words that he had read in the King’s Book. ‘He shall give his angels charge over thee.'”*

Claim that same promise when you pray, for the Lord will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).

*Helen Taylor, Little Pilgrim’s Progress, p. 89.