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How to Pray for a “Hopeless” Situation

When someone in your life is walking through a crisis, it can be difficult to know exactly how to pray for them–especially when the situation they’re going through seems hopeless. That’s exactly how one listener felt when she emailed Wally:

What should I pray for if there’s no hope left in the situation? My parent’s best friends were trying to have a child for nearly ten years, and when they finally had their son after a difficult pregnancy, they were overjoyed.

But this last June, his parents noticed he was limping and favoring his right arm and leg. He was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that affects an area of the brain that can’t be operated on. He has some breathing troubles and can’t talk or move.

Knowing that he is terminal, my family and I have kinda stopped praying for a miracle. What should I pray for when there is no hope? What do you pray when the situation will eventually end….but not in the way you want it to?

With your help, we came up with some ways to pray for the people in our lives who seem to be in “hopeless” situations:

1. Pray for the journey (not just the outcome)

Obviously, all of us want the miracle. We want the diagnosis to be reversed. We want to see the marriage restored. And while we believe God can perform miracles and heal our bodies and hearts, we still need prayer in the process.

Zach once heard his pastor say, “Don’t pray for the situation to be lowered to your level of faith. Pray for your faith to be raised to the level of the situation.”

It may never get any easier. The outcome might be bleak. But we can pray for strength, wisdom, and the peace that literally passes all understanding to come when it’s needed most. 

2. Pray for the people their story will impact

For someone going through the darkest days of his or her life, it can be impossible to believe that God will use it for His good. But it’s good to pray that for someone you know who’s going through a hard time.

Our circumstances become a part of our story; pray that God will use that story to help someone in the future who may be going through something similar.

3. Pray for ways to love on them

When someone in our lives receives the worst news possible, we don’t always know what to do. That’s why it’s important to pray that we can be fully aware of their needs.

How can God use us? How can we serve them? Maybe it’s fixing a dish for the family, or taking their dog for a walk, or mowing their overgrown lawn. Maybe it’s as simple as being a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on.

4. Pray for those around them

Pray that the person walking through the tragedy is surrounded by the right people. Grandparents, cousins, friends, and coworkers are charged with being the emotional support of the person in the center of it all–all while dealing with their own levels of grief. Pray for their hearts as they face the circumstances, and pray that in the midst of it, they can be the best support possible.

5. Pray for mercies along the way

Ultimate healing may not come in the way we expect. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t new mercies every morning, provisions at the exact right time, and small miracles throughout the process. Pray that God will provide those moments and that the family will see the good….even in the midst of the unthinkable bad.

In our podcast, we discussed some other ways to pray. If you find yourself in a helpless situation, our Prayer Pastor would love to pray for you:


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Brandi

God you are good and I thank you in advance. Pray Sarah's rash on her elbow is healed and that are headaches and back pain go away, and pray Ashleys chest eczema is healed . Pray Ashley is here a little stomach aches, pray the black circles around Ashley's eyes disappear and then I'll color is restored to her face, pray that her liver is rejuvenated, pray that her skin is cleansed , pray she is healed of a cold, pray Ashley moves stores asap or gets a new job. Pray her stress is lifted in Jesus Name Amen

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Jasie

I had surgery for acid reflux on Oct 5th. I am not getting the results I expected & I'm very depressed because of this. The sensation I have in the back of my throat feels like there is something there & no matter how often I swallow it's still there. I don't know what to do. I need to get a job & I'm not feeling well enough to work with this condition. It's driving me crazy!!! Please pray as I will lose the little I have if I don't work. I just want to be able to have complete swallows, where I no longer feel like there's something still there!!!

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Ms Mickey Roden

Prayers please. I need a nice place to live and I need to hear God about which is best. I need His guidance and direction for my life. Im soo tired of people using me and taking my kindness for weakness and taking me for granted and some of my own grown young adults to love and treat me better as their mom and respect me. Thank you. God bless.

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Anonymous

Please pray for my aunt Claude who has cancer. Pray that God heals her. Also, please pray for my husband Matt, that God gives him wisdom on his career. Thank you.

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Wanda Sanjuan

Please pray for my daughter krystal today she is going to court,pray that all goes well n God fight her battle. Thank you,wanda

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Kenneth R Sigler Jr

We need to get together rent money for the September and October rent.

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Anonymous

Please pray for Bryan. He is in Crisis - has been losing his spiritual battle. Pray that he completely surrenders himself to God and that he becomes a new creation in Christ.

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Lori Bruno

Please pray for Marty, now please..he is in hospice, leaving us soon. Doesnt know the Lord..thank you a million times fellow prayer warriors!!!

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christine

I am dealing with abuse and hopelessness. I am feeling despair. Please pray for peace and salvation for me & my children. Pray we can heal our lives and that my children would make better choices in life. Everything feels so wrong & hopeless. I am so tired, lonely and depressed. Thank you.

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Sherry Upshaw

Our mother is on life support and today is one week. We know there is power in prayer. Please pray for her strength, recovery and healing.

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