“Everyone has problems,” my husband said to his sister, who was on the other end of the phone line. My husband was sharing with her some of the things that we were walking through. And my sister-in-law also shared some of the things that her family was dealing with.
We all do have different problems on different levels. Some seasons of our lives feel harder to bear than others. Some days feel hopeless. Some days our faith waivers. Some days we are weak with the weight of our worries.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, there will always be problems on this earth. But we don’t have to lose our hope or our faith.
But the question remains how do we make it through? You have heard the saying “one day at a time.” Well I am adopting a different spin on that – “One Prayer at a Time.” That is the key to surviving through tough times.
One thing I have discovered is that in troubled times we have a choice. Problems can either tear us down, or we can choose to draw closer to God. We can choose to cling to Him in prayer. We can choose to trust Him.
I know it’s not always easy. Especially because it seems like when it rains it pours. Many times it’s not just one problem we are dealing with, but several. It makes us feel like we can’t keep our heads above water. That’s when we choose to stop fighting the waves and to surrender into the arms of the Lord.
He is our lifeline. According to Oxford, a lifeline is “a thing on which someone or something depends or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.” That is exactly what God can be for us during difficult times. But we have to make that choice to draw near to Him. And I have found that prayer is vital during these times.
Prayer brings us comfort during difficulties. Throughout any given day we will face tasks that we don’t want to deal with, bumps that suddenly arise in the road, unexpected situations that come our way, and more. So how can we survive when we feel like we’re walking through a landmine? One prayer at a time.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says to “pray without ceasing.” We might wonder – how do we pray without ceasing? That seems like an impossible task. But I have found that talking with God all throughout the day, praying for strength and guidance in each situation, brings the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).
I may not know what you are facing today. I may not know what you have been dealing with in this season of your life. But one thing I do know is that God is only a prayer away. He is there for you. He is ready and waiting for you to call upon Him. He loves you beyond measure. And He wants you to cast your cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)
Dear Heavenly Father, I admit that stress has been bringing me down. But I turn to You in prayer, today and every day. You alone can help me. You give me strength, hope, and courage. I put my trust in You. I hold onto the words in Psalm 118: 6 – “The Lord is with me” (NIV), “The Lord is for me” (NLT), “The Lord is on my side” (NKJV). What comfort those words bring. Thank You for always being there for me. I hand all my stress over to You. I know this doesn’t mean I will never have any problems. But it does mean I can lean on You through it all. Thank You, God. I am so thankful for You. I praise Your Holy Name and I love You. In Jesus‘ beautiful name I pray, Amen.
© Bridget A. Thomas 2023