The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In verse 7, it then gives us a promise if we do that: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” That’s a pretty difficult place to come to when you’re in the midst of a crisis. I know. I’ve been there! But it’s important to learn how to pray in the midst of a crisis.
When I’ve applied this principle and have prayed —especially if I’ve prayed through the scriptures, somehow God brings a peace which is hard to describe.
It’s not that the circumstances will instantaneously change, or ever change. But somehow peace within one’s heart eventually comes. And along with it comes wisdom (as it is asked for) to do what would be best concerning all that is going on at the time. The crisis within, somehow changes and there is hope.
How to Pray in the Midst of a Crisis
So how do you do that? How do you pray —what do you pray, when you’re in a crisis? How do you do that when your mind is filled with racing thoughts? There doesn’t seem to be any way to quiet the commotion within. I’ve found if I haven’t been able to quiet my mind enough to know how to pray and what to pray, I pray through the scriptures. I look for a quiet place to sit for a while. There, I open my Bible to the book of Psalms.
I then find a place to start and read a verse or two. I pray for whatever and whomever comes to mind. And I do this until I know it’s time to go on and read the next verse to do the same thing.
There is often a struggle that goes on within. My thoughts want to take me where I know it’s not healthy to dwell. So I do all I can to throw out the garbage that is coming in. Sometimes I have to do this over and over again until they go away. Then with intentionality, I direct my thoughts to God’s thoughts. These are thoughts that are written in the Word.
Eventually, I find the Holy Spirit leading me through the process. He brings peace as I follow His leading in praying through the scriptures.
How to Pray and When
Sometimes I’ll just pray for a few minutes. That is because that’s all the time I have available. Other times I’m able to sit for an hour or even several hours at a stretch. There are times when I’ll pray through the whole evening into the morning. I will do this until a sense of peace comes upon my heart. This is when I know deep within that the Lord and I have connected somehow.
Sometimes the scripture you come across, will bring to mind something else to pray for, other than the immediate crisis you are facing. If so, pray for whatever and whoever comes to mind. Eventually, you’ll experience the peace God promises in the above scripture. That’s not my promise —it’s God’s so I know it will happen!
With that said, I’d like to lead you to an article, written by David Sanford. In this piece, his goal is to lead you to pray in a specific way that you might also find helpful. It’s not the method that’s important, but the connection you have with our Living Lord. To read the article, please click onto the Epm.org link below:
But what if you are struggling to pray? Brie Barrier Wetherbee addresses this issue. Read:
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Whitney Hopler gives practical applications of Stormie Omartian’s book, The Power of Prayer(TM) to Change Your Marriage, (Harvest House Publishers). This is something else you can benefit from reading. Please read:
Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this article.
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