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A Good Prayer When Alone

For this article, when we say “alone,” we explicitly mean feeling isolated as you encounter something difficult in life. For example, you may be facing trials in life, yet you don’t see anyone with you. You thought your friends would be there, but now you can’t find them around. This can be a painful predicament to find yourself in; even the apostle Paul felt this way. However, in such moments we can find our comfort and strength in the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I thank You because I am never alone, no matter my challenges. You never leave me or forsake me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

A Good Prayer When Alone

A Good Prayer When Alone

Being Alone in Difficult Times

Ideally, we must carry each other’s burdens as a Christian community. In Galatians 6:2, Paul teaches us that we are to bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. Christ commanded us to love one another, for that is how we treat each other so that the world knows we are His disciples (John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”). We put such love into action by carrying the burden of others. One way we do that is by journeying with them. Carrying someone’s burden does not necessarily mean that you have to solve their problem—that is God’s job (though we can be God’s instrument). Being with those burdened with the harsh realities of life is more than enough; when we carry the burdens of others or just be with them, we fulfill Christ’s law because we love them. As Proverbs 17:17 a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

A Good Prayer When Alone

 

A Good Prayer When Alone

A Good Prayer When Alone

However, the sad reality is that such care is not always present, even in the Church community. There are times when we find ourselves alone in facing a difficulty. Even some characters in the Bible weren’t spared from this. We see King David, who was in agony in his life, and yet those companions with whom he formerly shared meals now acted as if they didn’t know him. They intentionally stayed away from David, not wanting to catch whatever curse or difficulty he had (Psalm 38:11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;  my neighbors stay far away.; Psalm 55:13-14). It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that David felt abandoned.

My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.

A Good Prayer When Alone

Even the apostle Paul, who wrote the verse Galatians 6:2 about carrying each other’s burdens, had also found himself in such a predicament. In 2 Timothy 4:16-17, we see that Paul appeared before the Roman court as he was brought to trial because of his faith. Just as in our modern times, going to a court trial at that time was a significant moment in a person’s life. You would want your family and friends (whoever the court allowed) to be with you at such a critical moment of your life. However, as Paul mentioned, no one stood by him. They had deserted him.

Even as Christians, we might experience such moments. We feel as if we are walking through a dark valley alone. We look to our side and find no one walking beside us.

Comfort from the LORD

We can find some comfort in such a situation in 2 Timothy 4:16-17 and Psalm 23. In 2 Timothy 4:16-17, while Paul said no one stood by him, he mentioned how the LORD did stand by him and strengthen him. Have you also felt that everyone deserted you? Take heart, for the Lord didn’t desert you; instead, He is beside you. He is standing by you and strengthening you.

A Good Prayer When Alone

A Good Prayer When Alone

Also, in Psalm 23, we see how God is our shepherd. In the new covenant, Christ is our good shepherd if we are in Him. He is the One Who leads us beside still waters and green pastures. Even if we are walking in the deepest, darkest valley and find no one else walking alongside us, we can take heart, for Christ is with us. He is our good shepherd Who leads and guides us in the darkest valley. Not only do we find companionship with Christ, but He directs our lives as He guides us. His rod and staff comfort us. Not to mention that in Psalm 23, He also tells us that His goodness and mercy surely follow us all the days of our lives.

How Can We Pray When We Are Alone in the Dark Valley?

You can pray Psalm 23 exactly the way the passage is written. If you want to pray in your own words, you can be honest with God (still with reverential fear and respect), as David did in the sample verses we gave above. However, don’t just stop at being honest with God; take comfort by confessing the biblical truths that bring us comfort, such as Psalm 23 and 2 Timothy 4:16-17.

Father in heaven, I am facing a dark valley in my life right now. It is so dark that I feel as if I am drowning in all the despair, hopelessness, and pain that I am experiencing. I looked around to find even my closest friends had abandoned me. Oh, Lord, there is no one else I can cling to but You. Thank You because You said in Your word that even if no one stands by me, You do. You are with me and are the One Who strengthens me. You are my good shepherd Who leads and guides me even in the darkest valley. So, I am not alone, for You are with us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

It is not entirely wrong to expect and hope that our Christian brethren will walk with us in such a difficult time. After all, it is what Christ called us to do. However, we must also accept that for various reasons they cannot always be there. We must also understand that we are not utterly dependent on them but on God. It would be wise to manage our expectations of others and not end up crushing them with it. If we find ourselves in such a predicament, we ought not to despair, for God is with us. In Psalm 139:7-12, the psalmist tells us that God is omnipresent and that he can never outrun His presence. If God is always everywhere, we cannot outrun Him; indeed, He is always there in our times of difficulties.

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