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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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Mary

GM, I asked you to help me pray that Christian will not shut me out in this time of need and that he will be able to tell me the desires of his heart and that please pray that he will be getting and seeking the right help for everything that he needs in order to accomplish his sobriety. And I also want to say thank you thank you thank you for praying because prayers are working he is looking at possibly getting that job once he comes up with the money and I pray for money from the north south east and the West so he can get these background check money and I was blessed to with money that came in to pay
my rent so I thank you all for your prayers and I ask you to continue to keep praying giving God all the praise amen!!

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Anonymous

I want to thank this group for praying for my son yesterday-I felt the loving arms of God around him-please say a prayer again today-he is struggling as a teenager-with school (he is more creative and struggles with the traditional learning)-not engaged at home. Blessed by you all.

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Brent

Please pray with our family for our mother who was checked into hospital she is scared and anxious.

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Anonymous

My 9 year old is struggling with school and friends. School can be so difficult with young girls these days. Only prayer can fix these problems that are heart breaking for a parent to see. Being left out and feeling excluded is so tough for a child. It has to improve. Praying for A.

Received: January 19, 2018

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Anonymous

I am currently facing legal charges with jail/prison time as a potential consequence. I know in my heart that I am not guilty of what I have been accused of. I did make poor decisions regarding alcohol which has led up to this event and need pair for my journey of recovery from alcohol and also the legal journey I am up against.

Received: January 18, 2018

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Angela

A dear and loyal atheist friend who has been one of my few constant supporters in my battle against lyme was just laid off from his job. He is struggling in many areas of life and seeking for the light though he doesn't know it. Please pray for his guidance, strength, and the grace and good plan of God to shepherd him through this storm into God's arms. Thank you.

Received: January 18, 2018

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Heather Baggs

On Sunday morning, January 7th, almost two weeks ago, my family’s home burned down to the ground. My husband, 2 small children, and I were left with nothing but the pajamas we had on. Please pray my family can overcome this horrible tragedy, that mine and my husbands marriage will become stronger because of this and the strength to get by day to day for my children.

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Anonymous

Prayers needed for my son-18 years old-he has always struggled through school-he has a very creative mind-at home he is very disconnected/angry/depressed. I pray for him daily-he knows that-he goes to a Christian School-I only want the best for him and will do whatever I can-so appreciate the station.

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Anonymous

My sister-in-law and her husband are going thru a marital crisis right now. They have been married fo almost 11 yrs and have two children (4 y.o. twins) and a "bonus" baby on the way.
Please pray for healing for their relationship, communication and the strength / desire to work thru things together. Neither are believers, but I am fervently praying God will reveal himself to them in this time of strife and hardship.

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Anonymous

My husband and I are going through an extremely difficult time in our marraige after his affair. There are issues that are being brought up that are bringing out a lot of anger and resentment. I love my husand and am scared about the outcome and our future. We also have two boys 14 and 12 who this is affecting. Pray for healing, understanding, communication and strength for our family as we work through this difficult time. Ultimately I would love for my husband and to male it through this and have a stronger marriage.

Received: January 18, 2018

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