Q: Jill, how can I keep my prayers from being all about me?

Always start with praise—fixing your mind on Him and all the things you’re thankful for. Let me give you an acrostic that might be helpful: PRAY.

  • P is Praise—begin your prayers by adoring our great God!
  • R is Repent—agree with God about your sin and depend afresh on the Lord’s unending grace.
  • A is Ask for others—intercede for your friends, family, neighbors, mission partners.
  • Y is Your needs—seek God’s provision and His will for your life.

Finally, remember prayer is a conversation. You talk to God and He talks to you. Ask God to speak, and to give you the power to act on what He’s shown you.

Q: Stuart, how do I find peace no matter what crisis comes my way?

First, in any crisis the right and natural response is always prayer. And second, remember that just because God could intervene and resolve any situation, that doesn’t mean He will. Perhaps instead of pouring out His resources to save the day, He’ll give you supernatural peace and strength to endure it. So, begin tapping into God’s almighty abilities first by praying and asking what His will is. Then pray for His will to be done! Philippians 4:6-9 tells us how to pray and promises that through it all, “the God of peace will be with you.”