As a pastor, and parent, I know things that I’m not at liberty to share with everyone. As I often say, “As you look around the room you would be shocked if you knew what great struggles some people are going through”–boy is that ever true! I know people that are dying and they don’t want their identity revealed. I know others who are going through great fearful trials that others know nothing about. Then of course there are all the other prayer request that are common knowledge –the list never seems to stop growing, and that’s enough to drive you to your knees. You get the picture. We need to pray.
Thinking about our problems is helpful only to an extent. If that is all we do they will become a heavy burden that will weigh us down, crushing our joy and leaving us in a pit of depression. We see the needs everywhere. Now if we only saw the need to actually pray–then we would have reason to believe that things will change for the better. We ought to pray as though everything depends on it—it does! Think about it–then pray!