What to Do When I Pray But Still Feel Down

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6b ESV

I’d been praying about my situation for weeks. Friends were praying for me. Our pastors were praying too. But this particular Sunday when I walked into church, the pastor must’ve sensed my discouragement or seen it in the look on my face.

During the worship service, he walked up to me and said, “God’s got this. You know that, right?”

I nodded in agreement. I knew God had it all under control, but the pastor’s question kept coming back to me again and again. Did I really trust God with my situation? And if so, why was I still feeling down?

When we offer our most desperate prayer to God, we trust Him to work on our behalf with His love, mercy, and peace. We know we can rely on Him in our daily decisions and toughest challenges.

But honestly, when I’m facing those challenges it’s hard to stay positive, even when I’ve given it to God in prayer.

David knew this. In the verse above, David felt alone because of his circumstances. He had no one to turn to for prayer support. In fact, all his men were so distressed, they talked about taking it out on David.

When he had nowhere else to turn, he knew where to find encouragement.

“Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, ‘Bring me the ephod.’” (1 Sam. 30:7 NIV)

Through the ephod, David was able to seek the Lord and His will in their situation. Even though surrounded by men weeping in despair, David turned to God and discovered His promise for certain victory over the enemy.

Sometimes in life we will be surrounded by the faithful prayers of family and friends. Our hearts will be uplifted as we know others are standing with us and holding us up in our trial.

Then there will be other times when we feel alone and unsure where to turn. We’ve prayed, but we still feel discouraged. In those moments, we cannot give in to despair. Instead, we must encourage ourselves through what we know to be true.

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

I will encourage myself today in what I know to be True. God’s got this. #Truth (Tweet this.)

So let’s take our example from David today. We will have moments when we feel down, but that doesn’t have to stop us from making the choice to seek the One who never fails us. God promises to provide for our needs, and we can trust Him.

God’s got this.



3 Words to Remember When Your Faith Is Weak

Last week’s devotion encouraged our hearts with 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by believing, and not by seeing.”

The NKJV of the verse puts it this way:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

There are some days, though, when I don’t feel like I’m walking by faith at all. Days when I’m searching for that faith I know is real, that I know I need. Most of the time I’m able to hold onto God, even though I can’t physically see Him. But when trials come, my ability to stay faith-filled is tested.

God knew we would have these moments, and He gave us help in His Word to encourage us when weakness threatens the trust we have in Him. Great men and women throughout history had times when their faith waned. And from their stories we can find the help we need to restore ours.  

These 3 words will help us when our faith is weak.

For you said...

“Please, Lord, prove that your power is as great as you have claimed. For you said, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’ In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.” Numbers 14:17-19 NLT

In this passage, the Israelites were (once again) complaining and wanting to turn around and return to Egypt. The Lord’s anger rose against them, but Moses intervened. He reminded himself, and the Lord, of His promises.

We all experience those times when we don’t see how God could possible work things out. Our minds swirl with thoughts like…

I don’t know how anything good can come from this?

How could God allow this to happen?

How are we going to get through this?

Some days we will feel weak in our faith. We will struggle to trust God in our circumstances.

Let’s not fall prey to the lie that says if we are good Christians, we won’t experience days of weak faith. We will, and that’s OK. For it’s in those days we learn to rely on Him more than ever before.

My weakness in faith reminds me to renew my trust in God’s strength. (Tweet this.)

For you said, I am your chosen child.

For you said, you will never leave me.

For you said, you will guide and protect me.

God’s Word promises, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So we can rely on His strength even more when our faith is weak. Let’s remind ourselves of His unfailing love today by starting with these 3 words. For you said...