Prayer = Helplessness Plus Faith

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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).

If something is big enough to worry abut, it’s big enough to pray about.  Immediately.  Don’t wait.  Anxiety is a prompting from the Holy Spirit to pray…

I’ve discovered that I sometimes worry without even realizing that I’m worrying.  I’m like the duck that appears to be floating along serenely while below the waterline it’s paddling desperately.  Impatience or irritability are usually the tip-off that some invisible anxiety is gnawing away at me.  I actually have to go to God on these occasions and ask, “Lord, would you help me define what I’m worried about?”  Only then am I able to pray about my anxiety.

Our worries are a sign of our helplessness.  Something is out of our control.  Something is wrong and we can’t fix it.  Something is confusing and we can’t figure it out.  Something needs to happen and we are powerless to make it happen.  Helplessness.  Do you feel it?  Then pray.  I read a definition for prayer some time ago that I really liked: Prayer is helplessness plus faith.

–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

Faithful Father, there are so many times when I struggle with anxious thoughts or feelings instead of recognizing my helplessness before You.  Please help me to recognize the prompting from Your Spirit so that I will pray when I sense that life is out of control.  It is so comforting to know that You will bring that perfect peace to my heart when I release my anxiety into Your hands. 

Prayer Points

Praise God, your Father and great Teacher. Give thanks for teachers and mentors who helped make your paths straight (Prov. 3:6). Confess that you sometimes focus more on their quirks than their virtues. Commit yourself to noticing the good in those who can teach you more about faith. Ask God how you can best support education in your church.

Claim the Holy Spirit’s power to woo family members or friends who say Christianity makes no sense.

Prayer Pointer

“A man’s state before God may always be measured by his prayers.” —J. C. Ryle

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

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