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How To Be Persistent In Prayer When Trials Come Your Way

Why is it important to be persistent in prayer? The Bible says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

The purpose of prayer is to turn our focus toward God and away from our circumstances—taking our eyes off the problem and putting our eyes on him—so we can talk to him and not at him. Prayer helps us maintain a positive outlook of hope, gratitude, patience, and peace amid our trials. Colossians 4:2 says, “Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God” (GNT).

Prayer Is Essential The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Begin by Praising God Why should we praise God? Because he is worthy of our praise. Matthew 6:9 says, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be honored” (GNT). We can all find things in our lives for which we can praise him.

Pray With a Clean Heart Confess your sins and ask God to bring to your mind any unconfessed sin. Then you can deal with it and he will hear your prayer. Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear” (NIV).

Even When We’re “At Our Wits End” and Don’t Know How or What to Pray Remember, as believers—those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior—God sends his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, into our lives. When we don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit will pray for us! “God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans” (Romans 8:26 The Message).

Be Forgiving In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally; sometimes unintentionally. How you handle that hurt determines your happiness. The Bible says to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus says, “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done” (Matthew 6:15 GNT). You might say, “I just can’t forgive that person! They hurt me too badly.” If that’s the case, then I hope you never sin.

For your own sake, let go of the past. If someone hurt you, let go of it, and release them. Prayer helps you unload the hurt. And forgiveness is the only way to leave the past in the past. Forgiveness erases the videotape of the hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in your mind. The antidote is always to forgive. If you’re struggling with forgiving, tell God you want to forgive but need his help.


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