It is on my heart to encourage people in their prayers to not do so from a place of hopelessness and despair. Whether you are a praying person or not I believe the practice of staying our minds on positivity will help you. How do we pull ourselves out of despair when this world is so dark and cruel right now? How do we strengthen ourselves in the Lord as King David did when everything was hopeless, everything was stolen from him, and even the rejects of society were rejecting him? “David strengthened himself in the Lord, his God” 1 Samuel 30.6
I believe one of the weapons for this is in Thessalonians 5.16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. I have overlooked that key for so long. I don’t think God was just like be grateful no matter what, see you when you get to heaven. Whenever I have practiced this things start to change inside of me and the atmosphere feels different. Could God have commanded us to do this as an invitation to walk in agreement with heaven, to change our focus because we have been bestowed a powerful authority that He wants us to use to bring His will to earth?
I am trying to implement this when I pray. I have learned to check myself before I pray. Am I praying from hopelessness? Then I need to strengthen myself in the Lord first so my prayers are powerful and effective. I don’t want to go to a fight worn down. When I competed on a fight team the most important thing when I got in the ring was to stay focused on what I knew and to not let fear grip me and make me useless. It really is true that you can lose the fight before you ever step in the ring. I knew that my trainer was in my corner, I had the best training, tools, and support that I could ask for. I just needed to apply it. The same is with our prayers, I’m not saying don’t pray if you feel hopeless, I am saying pray all the more like King David did in Psalms but before you go to intercede for others strengthen yourself in what you know to be true. For me what works every time is recounting ways I have experienced Gods goodness. As Psalm 27.13 says “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Try it. Start recounting ways you’ve seen Gods hand in your life and do it until you literally feel the change and then go forward in boldness and fight for your brothers and sisters in prayer from that position of victory. Testimonies and memorials were important in the Bible because it gets our awareness back on God, His promises, and who we are intended to be. And when we walk as we are intended to, our prayers will be powerful, we will have targeted direction on when and how to pray because we can hear what God is asking us to agree with. When we walk aware and in agreement with heaven we can drive back the darkness that is prevalent in the world and I believe we will start to see the miraculous hand of God as He rides in on our prayers as the Redeemer and Deliverer of the helpless and those being persecuted around the world.