Life is full of seasons of hard times.
The people all around the world is facing unique challenges not only due to the spread of the virus COVID19. Christians are not exempt from the difficulty as well.
Families and children are facing significant obstacles that are causing anxiety and doubts in their minds.
The coronavirus is a definite wake-up call for everyone. As C. S. Lewis said it well, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
What should our response be to a crisis like? How can we pray during these uncertain times? How does faith come in play in such a time as this?
Here are 10 prayers to pray during hard times;
1. Pray to God with Thanksgiving unto Jesus
Father, thank You that Jesus is both fully God and fully man and that He is able to help us in times of need. We praise You for our great Savior who is greater than any man and even greater than the angels. Open the eyes of the lost to see Jesus as your Son whose salvation they desperately need! In Jesus’ name, amen.
2. Pray with a Grateful Heart for His Abundant Love
Father, thank You for loving me and for saving me though I, too, am a great sinner. Help me to love deeply those around me. Help us as a church to bless our neighbors and to lay down our lives so they might be saved. Please help our leaders and rulers work for justice and peace so the gospel can spread. In Jesus’ name, amen.
3. Pray with Praise Him for Saving Faith
Father, you are so gracious to save me and equip me by Your Spirit to pursue holiness. I realize the pursuit of holiness is a pursuit, in large measure, to love my neighbor as myself. Help me today, therefore, to seek after others’ good and your glory in all I do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
4. Pray and Meditate on The Cross of Christ
Lord, I give You thanks today for Your Law and its demand of perfect obedience. By showing me, I am hopeless in myself and my good works, You graciously point me to Christ, His penalty-bearing death, and His perfect life of righteousness. Help me to live each day resting in Your grace and striving to live honorably. In Jesus’ name, amen.
5. Pray that God’s Word will be the Sole Authority in Your Life.
Lord, I praise You for giving us Your Word so we can truly be equipped for every good work. Help me not to leave my Bible on the shelf, neglecting this precious gift. Help me to hide Your Word in my heart so I can be equipped for Your mission. In Jesus’ name, amen.
6. Pray for Help by the Spirit to Live Through Scripture
Lord, help me live as one under Your authority. Would You, by your grace, conform me more to Your image and likeness? Help me know Your will more clearly and to follow You. Help me, as I open Your Word, to see the things You desire to teach me. Give me a heart to respond to Your Word, Lord. Amen.
7. Pray that God will Open Your Mind to the Wonderous Word
Lord, help me cling to the hope of the gospel. Help me have faith to believe the power of the gospel. Help me trust fully in the gospel and not be lured by lesser hopes. Help me, as I open up your Word, to see the things You desire to teach me. Give me a heart to respond to your Word, Lord. Amen.
8. Pray for Strength through Trials in All Circumstance
Father, I know every good gift comes from you, the unchangeable One. Thank You for all Your good gifts. Thank You for using trials to make Your people mature and complete. Thank You for giving wisdom when we ask for it. Help me persevere today in whatever circumstances come my way. In Jesus’ name, amen.
9. Pray for God’s Guidance in Communion with Him
Father help me to be a good example to others through my speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Keep me from getting distracted from Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.
10. Pray with Urgency for Spiritual Growth and Mature Living
Father help me live so Your name and teaching are attractive to me. Guard me from empty arguments about religion. Instead, help me grow in godliness. Give me grace to labor for eternal treasures today! In Jesus’ name, amen.