Rick Warren suggests that when the odds are stacked against you that you pray a certain way that is different from the way you normally pray.
He gives us a model based on 2 Chronicles 20.
1. Remind yourself who God is. Before you talk to God about the problem and focus on it, remind yourself that God is bigger than the problem you are facing.
2. Remind yourself of what he has done in the past. Think of the times when God has helped you and the miracles he’s already done in your life.
3. Ask God for help now. How about a repeat performance, Lord? Do it again!
This prayer is built around three questions: Are you not? Did you not? Will you not?
“Are you not God?” Yes, you are in charge, and you’re big enough to handle it.
“Did you not help us in the past?” Yes, you did help us in the past.
“Will you not do it again?” Yes, you will do it again!
That’s the way you need to pray when you’re overwhelmed. No matter what the situation is, remind yourself first who God is, what he’s done, and then ask him to do it again. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to talk about your problem.
Daily Hope 5.23.2013