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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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Derek Johnson

Having trouble on the home front. Just want reconciliation and justice. Peace, Mercy, and Compassion over all doncha know. May my heart be revealed over all.

Received: May 27, 2018

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Sabrina

I am newly married for the second time. I truly believed this was the man God sent for me. It has been difficult lately but has gotten very, very bad recently. I see as I try to pray for my husband, this happened so I do believe it is an attack by the devil but in this situation I just don’t know what to do. Please peay for wisdom and guidance so I will follow God’s will for us and our family.

Received: May 26, 2018

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Angie

Please pray for Jeff. He is a friendly and past pastor of my mom's who has had a heart attack and is in an induced coma. Pray for healing and also comfort for his wife Jennifer and their children.

Received: May 26, 2018

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Karen Miller

Please pray for my daughter who is trying to find the right medicine to treat her colitis. It\'s been a 7 month struggle for she and her husband.

Received: May 26, 2018

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Steve Boucher

We found out recently that my 11 year old grand daughter has a cancerous tumor in her leg and they are going to remove her leg at the hip. They found out today that she also has four lymph nodes in her abdomen that are cancerous as well not sure the plan for those yet. Praying for a miracle healing.

Received: May 26, 2018

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Laurencia A Boucher

My Facebook has gone public.. I am asking any and all churches and prayer warriors That believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and that He is the Son of God.and that Jesus died and rose on the 3rd day and this He did this for the forgiveness of our sins..please bring Amarah Kendall my grand daughter, she is 11 years ..before The Throne of God our Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in Our God's name grant her a miracle healing through His Mighty Power so she may be healed and live a long blessed life in this beautiful world He created.. I am asking this specific prayer because I love her and I believe that if all the Christians all over the world unite and bring this before Our God.. He will grant this. as always I know that His will , will be done... and until He says No this is my request .. PLEASE HAVE someone stand in her place and anoint their head with oil as the Lord's word tells us in chapter 5 of James... with much love in The name of my Savior Jesus Christ.. and Thank you in advance for spreading this request.. to all ur friends from your country please. I believe this is her only hope.
Amarah has been diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma.
Please everyone share this post.. Thank you all.

Received: May 26, 2018

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Anonymous

I have 2 very close friends going through extreme struggles. I know the power of prayer and want them to feel prayers being lifted up on their behalf. Friend 1 is still grieving the loss of her son while now facing the battle of a second surgery for recoccurance of cancer. Friend 2 is going into her 8 month of pregnancy with a broken marriage in which her husband has asked for divorce, leaving her with a toddler and their unborn child. Both of my friends need God’s healing, hope, peace and love. ❤️

Received: May 26, 2018

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Anonymous

Please pray for my youngest son. He has been laid off and is currently looking for another job. Please pray that God will send His job with Spirit Filled Christians to surround him.
Please pray for my oldest son who has started a new business. Please pray that God will bless it beyond his wildest dreams .
Please pray for me. I will be having surgery on June 15th. Please pray that God will bless the surgeon and pray for a quick recovery.

Received: May 25, 2018

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Berny

My prayer request is for me and my current pregnancy that the Lord see me and baby through and that all goes great. My second request is for a new job as the one I currently have puts a toll on my health.

Received: May 25, 2018

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Anonymous

I was so happy to see my children grow. Loving the Lord and depending on Him. Something changed their heart in their late teens and they have left the Lord. Their adult life is full of bad choices and they don\'t see the consequences. Pleases pray they would have a heart after God\'s own heart. They would be faithful to His word and hear Him. That they would no longer live a fools life. Thank you for your prayers.

Received: May 25, 2018

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