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Lighthouse 3: Prayer (Part 1)

Does God hear me? Does He see my pain? And … will He help me? These are common questions, especially for those of us wrestling with our mental health.

Verses like this one that we just saw today offer hope:

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV

This tells us that we can step into prayer with the assurance that God sees, hears, and loves us. But while we know this is true, it doesn’t always feel so simple.

Maybe you’ve been asking God for help, but it doesn’t feel like things have gotten better. And it makes you wonder if this verse truly applies to you.

Fortunately, the Apostle Paul wondered the same thing in 2 Corinthians 12. What was he facing? We don’t really know. Paul simply calls it “a thorn in the flesh.”

Many of us who choose not to pray may be feeling anger, resentment, looking for someone to blame, or just don't know what to say when praying.

Speak honestly and truly to make sense of your thoughts. When asking questions, wait for an answer. Talk to God just like you talk to yourself in the shower or to a friend. Humble yourself. Meaning, don't think about pride. Think about the needed outcome and the steps you need to take to accomplish it.

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