Praying God’s Will For Those Crushed By The Cares Of Life

Life can be hard. But there is hard, and then there is feeling like life is crushing us. Chance are we all know people who feel as though life itself is crushing them. They could feel crushed because they feel their life has no purpose or meaning. They could feel crushed because they feel hopeless. They could feel crushed because they are having marriage problems. They could feel crushed because they are having problems with their children. They could feel crushed because they feel discouraged or depressed. They could feel crushed because they feel angry and bitter. They could feel crushed because they have some sort of an illness. These people could be our friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, the parents of our children’s friends or just people in the community that we know. However it works out, I’m confident that we can all think of people that feel they are being crushed by the cares of life. These people need someone to be interceding to God for them. How do we pray for God’s will for those who feel crushed by the cares of life? Jesus, as always, gives us the answer.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)

The more I’ve thought about this verse, the more convinced I am that this can be the filter we use to determine God’s will in a specific situation. Satan comes for what purpose? To steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus came for what purpose? To give life in all its abundance. What does a comparison of these two purposes look like when we are praying God’s will for those who feel crushed by the cares of life?

Marriage Problems. Do you know anyone with marriage problems? How do you pray for that? We start with what the Bible has to say about marriage.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV) Guys, I found out something disturbing with this. Nowhere does the Bible say that she who finds a husband find a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord…I’m not entirely sure how to take that. Not really. Much of Proverbs is written from the perspective of a father to his son. This is why Proverbs warns us about the sexually immoral woman and not the sexually immoral man. I feel it would be safe to apply this passage to husbands and wives. A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. A woman who finds a husband finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV)

that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,” Titus 2:4 (NKJV)

With this very small sampling of Scripture we learn that marriage is meant to be a part of the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. We can say this because we know that marriage is to be a love based relationship. Marriage is a good thing that demonstrates Gods’ favor in our lives.

That’s what it’s supposed to be, but what if it’s not? What if there is strife, cheating, fighting, distrust, and just a general sense of not being happy? Does that sound more like steal, kill, and destroy or abundant life? Certainly not the abundant life Jesus came to give.  So anytime we pray for a couple to have a strong and healthy marriage, we are praying according to God’s will. This should make us bold, confident and passionate in our prayers.

You can take any of the crushing cares of life, find out what Scripture says about them, and filter it through John 10:10 to find out how to pray God’s will.  This post would be too long if I went through all the crushing cares of life I mentioned earlier. So what I’ll do instead is give you some passages to look at with the crushing care of life.

Purposeless– Ephesians 2:10- What does this passage teach us about what an abundant life would look like? How can you use this to pray God’s will for a person who feels purposeless?

Hopeless– Romans 15:4, Romans 15:13What do these passages teach us about what an abundant life would look like? How can you use this to pray God’s will for a person who feels hopeless?

Discouraged/Depressed– Psalm 16:11, Philippians 4:4-What do these passages teach us about what an abundant life would look like? How can you use this to pray God’s will for a person who feels discouraged or depressed?

Child Problems-Genesis 18:19, Malachi 2:15, Ephesians 6:1-3- What do these passages teach us about what an abundant life would look like? How can you use this to pray God’s will for parents who are having problems with their children?

Anger/Bitterness-Ephesians 4:26-27, Hebrews 12:15- What do these passages teach us about what an abundant life would look like? How can you use this to pray God’s will for a person who feels angry or bitter?

These are just a few to look at. But what I want you to see from these, is that we can know God’s will in these particular situations because He has revealed it to us. So anytime we pray for what God has revealed to us in Scripture to be done, we are praying according to God’s will. This should make us bold, confident and passionate in our prayers.

 

Tomorrow I’ll write about how to pray God’s will for a care of life that I didn’t mention today, sickness. How do we pray God’s will for someone who is terminally sick? I’ll explain that tomorrow.

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