How to Pray in Times of Trouble
You can pray your way through any difficulty.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26
Trouble is part of the universe; it is basic. However, one of the great things about this world is that it does not make any difference how disheartening circumstances are, they will ultimately change. Maybe there is no permanency to happiness; but there is no permanency to trouble either. They both pass away. If you can retain enough stick-to-it-iveness in the midst of disheartenment to keep going, you will come out on the other side of any trouble.
Best-selling author and pastor, Dr. Peale uses the Bible as a guide for navigating through life's problems.
The man who knows God knows that there is a deep balance, compensation and philosophy in the universe; that if he has to say, “My flesh and my heart faileth,” he will also say, “God is the strength of my heart.” Because always, if you hold on and keep your feet in a sturdy place and keep your heart substantial, you will come through. That is one way to get new heart when you are disheartened.
The other way is very simple one; it is so simple that you will think when I suggest it that I haven’t told you anything. But I have lived long enough to be absolutely sure of this. You can pray your way through any difficulty that the world puts in front of you.
Prayer is the greatest technique God ever gave us. If you will pray and keep on praying and pray some more, there isn’t any difficulty that need dishearten you. You will get your heart back by prayer.
If you are in a difficulty right now, if you are discouraged, disheartened about anything, quit talking about it; quit fuming and fretting about it; quit complaining about it; quit going around and trying to get advice about it. Just pray, that is all. It is very simple.
Take your trouble, whatever it is, and start praying about it until light comes in your brain and you feel a good old sturdiness in your heart once again. And you will have new heart for all the disheartenment that you will ever face.
If you are disheartened about anything, just pray and keep on praying.
This article is excerpted from the book Navigate: How the Bible Can Help You in Every Aspect of Your Life (Guideposts 2013), a collection of writings by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale which consists thoughts and anecdotes on how to apply specific Bible verses to daily life. The book is available from ShopGuideposts.