When Judah was in danger of being overthrown by Sennacherib King Hezekiah turned to God for help and relief. He said,
“Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear, open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God” (2 Kings 19:16).
When he had nowhere else to go, he turned to God and asked him for relief from his afflictions. It is also important to remember to pray fervently during times of peace as well as turmoil. Psalms 135 and 136 provide examples of giving God praise during peace, rather than just during trouble. They say,
“Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God!” (Psalm 135:1-2).
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).
All three of these passages provide examples of people turning to God, either for help or to thank and praise Him for His goodness. All three of these types of prayer are important, I shouldn’t just turn to God in times or trouble and ignore Him when I think everything’s fine. My relationship with God is something that should grow throughout all seasons of my life, and that includes when I’m going through trials and when I’m cruising through life seemingly unfazed. God governs all aspects of my life, and I should turn to Him continuously to give praise and ask for guidance and wisdom.
Dear God, thank you that You govern all aspects of my life, not just the good and not just the bad. Thank you that I can lean on You for support during times of trouble. Please help me to turn to You even when I’m not experiencing a trial so that I can praise You for Your grace and goodness. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen.