Praying Like Jesus When Life Falls Apart


Do you know how to pray when life falls apart? Vaneetha Rendall Risner, a blogger and contributor to Desiring God and Today’s Christian Woman, has written a piece for The Gospel Coalition titled How to Pray When Life Falls Apart. She asks,

Should we pray for healing and deliverance, believing that we just need to ask, because God can do anything? Or should we relinquish our desires to God, trusting that even in our anguish he has the perfect plan for us?


When life falls apart, God invites us to do both.”

God in His humanity gave us a perfect example to follow. In Mark 14:36 Jesus says,

Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

What can we learn from Jesus’ prayer? Risner breaks down this prayer for us, and helps us understand how we can come before the Lord when our world is crumbling.

1. Jesus used a term of endearment when He spoke to His Father.
God is almighty, Creator of all, deserving of honor and reverence, but as Risner writes He is also our Abba Father and we can and should approach Him as such.

2. Nothing is too difficult for God.
God can do all things, and nothing is impossible for Him. Risner confides,

I often functionally doubt God’s ability to change my situation. I scan my circumstances and assume things will continue as they are. Even as I’m praying, I don’t look for miraculous answers; my prayers become rote recitations of requests more than earnest petitions of faith.  

But in Gethsemane, Jesus knows his Father can grant his request. God gives life to the dead and summons into being things that don’t exist.”

When we feel like all hope is gone for our situation, we need to remember God’s limitless power.

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SOURCE: Crosswalk
Liz Kanoy