As a cruel and violent army marched across the world, Hezekiah prayed, “O Lord, my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—surely you do not plan to wipe us out?
God answered, “The Lord is in his heavenly Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him (Habakkuk 1:12; 2:20).”*
As the deadly Coronavirus marches across the world, we pray as Habakkuk did. And then we are silent, remembering, the Lord is God and He is good.
*Read all of Habakkuk’s prayer and God’s reply in Habakkuk 1:12-2:20.
A blind beggar cried for mercy. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
He verbalized his request: “Lord, I want to see” and was healed instantly (from Luke 18:35-43).
You can tell the Lord what you really want.
Pray with perseverance.
Though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. And I say to you ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Pray with forgiveness.
Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive your trespasses (Mark 11:25).
Pray in humility.
The tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified . . . he who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:13-14).
Pray in righteousness.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.
(1 Peter 3:12)
Pray in sincerity.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).