Prayers during Times of Need
Of course, we need pray on all occasions, but there
are times, that we need even more prayer. The Lord Jesus taught us that on
some occasions, we need to pray more diligently.
1. Pray when
getting up in the morning. Early every morning, the Lord Jesus went into the
wilderness to pray (Mark 1:35). We should begin our day with reverence
towards God and dedicate the best time of the day to Him. Ask for His
guidance for the day, and for a sober-mind to plan things with Him.
2. In time to making important decisions:
When Jesus was selecting the twelve disciples, He went to pray (Luke 6:12),
it was an important decision that would have a great impact on the
establishment of the Church. The more important the matter is, the more we
need to pray. In prayer, we must allow enough time for the Holy Spirit to
change or adjust our thinking.
3. During times
of great pressure or difficulty: When many people sought the Lord Jesus’
help, He was too busy to eat. He had to leave the crowd and go to the
wilderness to pray (Luke 5: 15-16). We are often tempted to rely on
ourselves, especially when we’re under pressure and trying to cope, however
this is the most important time to draw on the power of God.
4, When we labor
for God: Before Jesus healed people of disease, He first prayed to the
Father (John 11:41), for His power to manifest God’s glory. When we pray and
serve the Lord, we are not only asking Him for help to get things done, but
also to glorify Him and allow Him to be manifested through us.
5. When we have
difficulty with others: After the Lord Jesus prophesied Peter’s three time
denials of Him, He said: "But I have prayed for you, after you return,
go strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:32) It is human nature to blame
others to avoid trouble and not accept responsibility. But most of the times
it is usually us, that really need to change.
6. When we are
tempted: The Lord Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days and tempted by
the Devil. He did not depend on His power to resist, but constantly called
upon the Father (Luke 4: 1). We cannot lose our connection with the Lord,
because we have no power to overcome the temptations of the Devil.
7. When we are
in hurting: When Jesus was crucified and in great agony, He cried out to the
Father and asked forgiveness for those who persecuted Him (Luke 23:34). The
more we think of our suffering, the more bitter we become. If we begin to
pray for the needs of others, our own pain will be relieved.