BY JULIE SCHEIB - DISCOVERY HOUSE
Are there things in life that seem too big to handle? What about the COVID-19 pandemic – how are you coping with sheltering in place, social distancing, washing your hands incessantly, and the complete topsy-turvy lifestyle we have been advised to adhere to? If you find yourself struggling, and are not sure where to turn to, you are not alone.
Our natural tendency in times like these is to focus on our loss or problem, feel doubt, fear, disbelief or anxiety, experience turmoil, and rely on anything except the one thing that will help us to get through this difficult season in life, and that is prayer.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, Moses writes in Genesis 25:21 about Isaac's prayer. "Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived."
King Solomon writes in Proverbs 15:29, "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous."
In the New Testament, Mark the Evangelist writes about a demoniac boy cured by prayer. While speaking to His disciples, who were wondering why they could not cast the demon out, Jesus answers, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer (Mk. 9:29)." Later, again speaking to His disciples about the power of faith, Jesus tells them: "Therefore I say to you, believe that you have received them and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions (Mk. 11:24 & 25)."
Jesus prayed many times throughout his life on earth, and he would seclude himself either up on a mountain, in the wilderness, or He would simply slip away to pray. "In the days of his flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears, to the one who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety (Heb. 5:7)."
We learn how to pray the Lord's Prayer from Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13, and in Luke 11:2-4. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, Jabez prays, "Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me." James 5:13 encourages us, "Is any one among you suffering? Then he must pray." Jesus instructs us in Matthew 5:44, "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:12, "Rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulation, devoted to prayer."
And, Psalms 145:18 reassures us, "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth."
If you don’t know how to pray, it can be just one word. He knows our hearts and He does listen.