Special Note: Please join us on Thursday, May 7th, for National Day of Prayer. There’ll be prayer services at 6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, and 7:30 pm. The Katina’s will be our guest worship band during the 7:30 pm service.

 

“In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.” – Psalm 118:5

When you’re distraught what do you do? Who do you turn to? Where do you go?

Before I came to Christ, I would struggle with depression and anxiety.

How I “dealt” with distress was by smoking and drinking anything that would make the pain go away.

I didn’t care if it was unhealthy. I wanted that quick fix, that temporary deliverance.

Sure enough, when that high came back down, the pain remained.

The messed up life I was trying to run from seemed only to get more complicated.

Before I knew it, I was staggering down this slippery slope. It was a seemingly never-ending cycle of destruction, brokenness, and bondage.

The freedom I sought in the things of this world was only entrapping me in this web of distress even more.

But Praise God, I have discovered an antidote for distress that isn’t expensive, illusive, or temporary.

It isn’t found in the things of this fallen world; it’s found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Yes, ask me for anything in My name, and I will do it!” – John 14:14

Prayer in the life of a believer is our lifeline to God. 

It’s such a powerful tool because it can be done anytime, anywhere, on any occasion, and for any reason!

As Christians, we pray because we know that God attentively listens to us, unconditionally loves us, and is faithful to answer us.

We pray to our creator because He alone can turn our mourning into joyful dancing, our brokenness into wholeness, and our bondage into freedom.

The one concern of the devil is to keep us from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work and religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.

– Anonymous

How to Handle the Tough Times in Life

We live in an evil, fallen world. We’re fighting a huge spiritual battle against an army we can’t see with our eyes.

Our war is not against other people; it’s against the forces of darkness.

When hard times come, and you reach that point of seemingly no return, cry out to your Savior through prayer.

Verbally and fervently pour out your heart to your Jesus.

He knows you, He cares for you, He’ll comfort you, and He’ll answer you.

Never underestimate God’s ability because He can do anything!

The Bible reassures us time and time again that nothing is too hard for Him.

God Almighty created the entire universe in only six days.

He parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites making a way of escape.

He defeated Satan and the powers of darkness and called us out of this fallen world by name!

The Bible reassures us time and time again that nothing is too hard for Him.

We can’t forget who our God truly is!

God is our provider, healer, counselor, comforter, peace, and security.

He’s our savior, redeemer, protector, faithful Father, the Good Shepherd, and the very best friend.

We’re His chosen people, and He has a good plan for us!

When we cry out to Him, when we humbly call upon His almighty name in truth, the possibilities of what He can and will do in and through our lives are endless!

What to Do When You Don’t Get What You Prayed For

You may ask for something and not get it, or pray for something and not get it answered the way you wanted.

But be encouraged, and rest in God’s sovereignty.

He knows what’s best for you, and He promises us in Psalm 84:11, “He will withhold NO GOOD THING to those who walk uprightly!”

Our lives are held in the palms of His hands, so take heart in knowing that He will not give you something that will hurt you or hinder your relationship with Him.

Sometimes as I reflect back on my life, I thank God for the prayers He did not answer the way I wanted Him.

Sure enough, He did have a better plan for me and the same goes for you too.

The Bible says in Isaiah 55:9, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

So we need to be patient because His will is perfect, and His blessings are well worth the wait.

If you’ve been praying for something and haven’t received the answer you’re hoping for, don’t lose hope or give up!

God loves you more than you will ever know and wants to bless you in extraordinary ways, so never stop praying!

Never stop believing that He can and will answer you according to His perfect will.

Choose to keep praying, keep seeking, and keep knocking because God will answer!

He will open doors, He will heal, He will intervene and He will give you a breakthrough!

We have to know more than ever before that we walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

God is at work in each and every one of His children’s lives, and He hears your prayers.

So cry out to Him today. He will give you the desires of your heart when you delight in Him.

When you surrender your ways to His ways, and your life to His will, then He won’t let you down. 

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.” – James 5:13

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and burdened with the things of this world or the situations you’re in, pray.

If you’re feeling joyful, thankful and full of praise, pray! Pray to your Savior because the answers you’re searching for come solely from Him.

Call on the name of the Lord for your God is greater! He will not falter, He will not fail, for He is strong to save! He will deliver, He will prevail, and He will make a way!


Study Verses: Isaiah 14:24, Psalm 37:4, Luke 11:1-13