“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
Pray during Bad Times
God wants us to pray at all times, but certainly when we are in a bad situation. The Lord says that He is close to everyone who calls on His name, but it must be in truth (Psalm 145:18). All we have to do is ask God for His help (Luke 11:9). God is in our pain in the sense that Jesus understands our weaknesses, pain, and suffering, so we have a High Priest that can sympathize with us and knows what we’re going through (Heb 4:15). God has promised to deliver the righteous from all their troubles, and God says He will hear us (Psalm 34:17).
Pray at All Times
When we pray only during bad times, we are shutting ourselves off from God’s blessing upon our lives. It also tells God that we only want to talk to Him when things are bad. Do we only talk to friends when things are bad? Don’t we also talk to our friends when things are going good? Don’t we share with our friends when good things happen to us, during times of success? Yes, so why not give God the same respect we give to our friends, when we should be putting God above all of our friends, family and anyone else in our life. During good times, praise God for all of the marvelous blessings that He’s bestowed upon us. During good times, bad times, and all the times in between–we are told to pray at all times (Eph 6:18), and if you need help to know what to pray for or how to pray for something, the Spirit of God is always there to help us when we can’t put them into words (Rom 8:26).
Pray during Good Times
We are commanded to pray at all times (Luke 18:1), continually (Col 4:2), without stopping (1 Thess 5:17) and to be praying thanksgiving to God for all the good He has done for us (1 Tim 2:1). Did you know that the will of God is that we are to give thanks for everything that happens to us, good and bad (1 Thess 5:18)? Don’t we want to do God’s will? If you offer Him thanksgiving, God sees it as the same thing as a sacrifice, so give thanks to His name (Heb 13:15).
A Closing Prayer
Righteous Father, I have so much to be thankful for…even the bad things that happen to me are for my own good (Rom 8:28), so please accept my thanks for all You have done for me…for the good times, the times when I tend to forget your goodness, and even for those things that are hard to go through. I know that You have promised to never leave or forsake me (Heb 13:5), even though I do forsake You at times of prayerlessness. Thank You for saving me, and to You be all the glory. It is in the righteous name of Your Great Son Jesus Christ I pray.
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