how to pray
The Catholic Faith Video Series: Your Tough Questions Answered [Video #17]
Question: How can you ask God for assistance in your daily life?
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Today’s question is “How can you ask God for assistance in your daily life?” So in other words, how do you pray to God for assistance in your daily life.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, chapter 4, verse 6, he says: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.”
So the words I want to emphasize in this verse are the words ‘everything’ and ‘thanksgiving’.
In this verse, Paul did not say that you can ask God for assistance only for the big stuff, he said “in EVERYTHING, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God”. Some people only pray about the big things and not the small ones thinking that they do not want to bother God with the small stuff. Well, Paul said to pray for everything. Personally, I pray for an empty spot in a busy parking lot, and I also pray for world peace and an end to this pandemic.
You see, our God wants us to have a personal and intimate relationship with Him. He is concerned about the details of our daily lives. As our Lord said, He numbers the hairs on our head. And because He cares about the details, He knows all about our mortgage payments, our fear about losing our jobs, our coming final exams, how bored or restless we can become when we have to stay at home a lot, and other concerns which consume our waking hours. So when we pray, when we ask God for assistance, our prayers can and should embrace these things.
Asking God for assistance for even the small things in our daily lives can make us feel closer to Him because in doing so, we are making Him part of our daily lives. It also teaches us a kind of humble dependence on Him. We recognize that we aren’t self-sufficient.
It is also important to be thankful to God for and in everything. Aside from approaching God with humility, we also must have gratitude in our hearts. There will always be challenges that we will have to face in our lives, but if we pray about everything with thanksgiving, we’ll have a quiet confidence within no matter what circumstances we’re in that would otherwise steal our inner joy and peace.
Yet, so many of us are like the nine lepers healed by Jesus, eager to ask but slow to appreciate. Giving thanks serves to remind us of all the things God has done and is doing for us and this builds our faith and trust in Him.
Also, realize that when you ask God for assistance, you have to take responsibility for it. So obviously, you just don’t sit around and wait for it to be given to you on a silver platter, and then feel bad if things don’t turn out the way you expect. You have to do your part. Praying when you need assistance is not a substitute for work or diligence.
And one more thing…God usually answers our prayers for assistance through other people. He watches over us but it is usually through another person that He meets our needs.
Perhaps you have heard the story about a man who was on his rooftop during a flood, praying God will save him. Soon people in a rowboat came to save him, but he refused, saying, “I’m waiting for God to save me.” And then a motorboat came, then a helicopter but again, he refused to be rescued.
So the man drowned and went to heaven, where he met God and he complained, “I had faith in you and you didn’t save me.” And God said: “I sent you a rowboat, a motorboat and a helicopter,” What more did you want?”
So let’s pray we’ll recognize the boats and helicopters circling around us — and ask God for the wisdom and the humility to ask for and accept help when we need help. Let us realize that God usually assists us in our daily lives not through people coming from distant places but usually through people standing right beside us.