What To Pray In Your Toughest Times

Tim Dilena recently did a sermon on “What To Pray In Your Toughest Times”. He spoke about the story of Job. Job was a wealthy man who dealt with many trials. He lost his wealth, health and his 10 children. Despite his difficult situation, Job never cursed God. Job’s story helps us remember to trust God during trials and remain faithful while we wait for a solution. No matter how severe the pain is, we should never think that God does not listen or does not care. God wants us to learn beyond what we can presently see. We learn from Job’s story that it is possible to endure even the most terrible test and God is always there with us though at times it feels like He is silent.

In Job’s story, a lot was taken away. But, God is still God whether He is giving or taking away. It’s easy to praise when He provides, but can we praise when he removes as well? Shouldn’t we continue to praise Him despite how hard the trial is? I believe that God gives us the ability to get through the toughest seasons. He doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. I have an index card on my nightstand with the verse below that I have been reading every morning.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

Every trial we face is a refining process. As an example, the only way to refine metal is to keep it in the heat. God does the same with us. When we are in the fire is when God molds us to who He wants us to become. It sometimes feels like it’s all at once and that everything is crashing down around us; our faith, our health, our marriage, our job. A clay pot sitting on a shelf is still a pot, but once it’s put into a fire, it become porcelain. It doesn’t change on the shelf, but in the fire. We don’t change by walking through life one day at a time with no trials. We change while we are in the trials.

So we know that going through the purpose of our trial is to refine us, but what we need to realize is that we won’t always know all the other answers to “why”. However, knowing why will not give us what we need. Instead of spending time figuring out “why” we should invest our time getting to know God more.

So what do you do and what do you pray during the toughest time of your life? Instead of turning away, seek Him. Seek to know Him. Read His word. Spend time talking to Him. Surround yourself in community. Find a church. There is more value in knowing Him deeper, than knowing the answer of “why” to every trial. Have faith and hope in what you are waiting for, because while you are praying for one thing, God is doing 10,000 to make it happen.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.- 2 Corinthians 12:9

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

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  • Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples
    Posted at 03:04h, 30 March Reply

    This is beautiful and pertains so much to our infertility struggles.

  • Aspgriswold
    Posted at 11:55h, 30 March Reply

    What a beautiful post.

  • Melanie Schultz
    Posted at 09:46h, 30 March Reply

    I always believed God was testing our strength as individuals and as a married couple when he gave us infertility. We didn’t like it but we knew there was a purpose in there somewhere. In the end, it made us so much stronger and I know it will do the same for you. My husband and I appreciate each other more. We love deeper and have a stronger commitment to each other because of what we went through. We weathered a storm and lived through it to see the sun shining after it passed. I know the same will happen for you 🙂 Hugs!

  • Gianbear Polzi
    Posted at 14:37h, 30 March Reply


    I really enjoyed reading about Job. I have have fallen away from weekly church but have continued to pray myself. I’m trying to hold onto the belief that the best has yet to come but is definitely in its way. We just need to keep the faith and stay positive.

  • Em
    Posted at 02:24h, 31 March Reply

    What powerful verses. Thanks so much for sharing these wise words that so many of us can relate to.

  • dspence
    Posted at 13:38h, 01 April Reply

    We’ve been studying Job, too. I am amazed that his first response, after losing his wealth and family, was worship. I want to be that person; the one who, when faced with unimaginable pain and loss, still clings to the Lord with all of my strength instead of running away.

  • SecondVoice
    Posted at 11:39h, 21 October Reply

    This is encouraging. Job is one of my favorite books of the Bible and joy in suffering is one of the most unique and meaningful themes of Christianity. But it’s so much easier to appreciate it from afar than to live it!

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