As we consider how to do life in the midst of mass confusion and widespread fear, one of our recent stories reminded me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: ““Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink … but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Vital words for us. And yet in difficult times when death tolls rise and life as we know it has stopped, it can be difficult to actually put those words into action in our lives and in our hearts. How do we “not worry about tomorrow” and instead “seek Him first.” A recent story we’ve shared has stuck with me—a story of a family who has experienced severe persecution for their decision and resolve to follow Jesus in their Indian village. The family was boycotted by their community and extended family.
This family’s father says he had times of doubt in God’s goodness. During those times, he would come to the Lord in prayer. In prayer, he was reminded of God’s truth. “Often when I felt discouraged, I spent time in prayer,” he shares. “It was then I gained the courage to trust in Him; it’s true that we need the courage to trust in God.”
Courage, he says, comes through prayer.
How do we not worry and live lives of boldness, not fear? Scripture and the dark-hours experiences of our persecuted brothers and sisters tell us that prayer is our action point. Jesus calls us to pray because that is where we find His presence. Below, we share 10 specific prayers you can pray and adapt to your family and community. Hopefully, you’ll add your prayers to this list and find courage to follow Jesus’ example as you bring your requests to our Savior who acknowledges that in this world, we will have trouble, yet He doesn’t leave us there. “But take heart!” He says, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).