Sometimes life hurts. Badly. How do we pray then? Do we simply ask the Lord to take the pain away? What does God say about trials? How does prayer help us handle gut-wrenching or seemingly minor, pain, loss and disappointment?
Thank God for his rescue plan.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age (Galatians 1:4).
Thank God for his compassion.
God does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men (Lamentations 3:33).
Ask God for strength to persevere.
Persevere under trial and you’ll receive the crown of life (James 1:12).
Ask God to give you an unshakeable faith in Him.
The destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy) gained approval through their faith (Hebrews 11:37-39).
If necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that your faith, even though tested by fire, may result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).
Ask God to help you look ahead to eternity.
Life won’t always hurt. He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4).
Ask God to heal you.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Ask God to make your pain work out for good.
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28).
Ask God to comfort you.
The God of all comfort comforts us in all our affliction. . . . Just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ (1 Corinthians 1:3-5).
Ask God to remind you that He is always with you.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me (Psalm 23:4).
There are many believers who know deep and seemingly unending suffering, yet they continue to believe that God hears every prayer. Their lives are proof that everything God says is true.