I’ve heard it said: “I pray when I’m in trouble… I pray all the time!”

I relate! I’m in trouble all the time! Realizing this is the secret to a great prayer life.

When our circumstances are pleasant, it’s easy to forget that we’re in trouble: the world is vain, demons are near, temptations abound, trials are coming, people are starving, we will die.

We have to remind ourselves: “I am in trouble!” Then we will pray!

“I am in Trouble”, inspired by Psalm 34:15-22, is just the prayer prompt that we need. Pray it for yourself. Pray it for the people the Lord puts on your heart.

Try praying it as a Breath Prayer with three parts:

  1. Wait to breathe (as you wait for God) /
  2. Breathe in slowly and deeply the sacred name of Jesus… (breathe in your appreciation of the Spirit of Christ) /
  3. Exhale and whisper God’s promise (as you smile!)
I am in Trouble

I am in trouble; /

Lord Jesus Christ… /

You see me, you hear my cry. /

My heart is broken; /

Lord Jesus Christ… /

You embrace me, you lift me up. /

Many people fear trouble. Have you ever heard that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible, one for every day of the year? Actually there are more than that many fear not promises in the Bible! Here are one month’s worth of fear nots in 31 Days to Freedom from Fear.

Pastors, pastors’ wives, and other ministry leaders have troubles like anyone else. That’s why Kristi and I have a nonprofit ministry to shepherd the souls of those who lead and care for others. Read Pastors Under Stress and Pastors’ Wives Under Stress and you’ll understand better why Soul Shepherding is needed. Please pray about the possibility that you might partner with us in this ministry.


Bill & Kristi

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