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I need to know that you care, that you love me, be my refuge from pain, replacing my distress with peace, and be my strength when I feel weak and find it hard to carry on. Help me not to fear the future but to boldly trust that you are in control when my emotions plunge me down, and when I am in despair.

I love You, Jesus, help was the first five-word prayer I ever remember praying. I prayed it one night when I was at a loss for words, distressed over my lack of change and growth, struggling over the same things I’ve struggled with for years. Sometimes I loathe the sound of my own voice, praying the same stale prayers for change that aren’t guttural enough for follow-through. I’m a grown woman, for goodness’ sake, but some days I feel like a child. I say things I don’t want to say. I do things I don’t want to do. I behave poorly when I know better. I know all the calorie counts and still struggle to eat the right foods. My flesh is an albatross and daily I yearn to overcome it. So many things in my life have changed since I was a child, yet so many things have not.

The continuity of our relationship with God is facilitated by our prayer life. 

When we pray, we allow God to do His work in and through us because we are making ourselves vulnerable to Him. Praying also strengthens our connection to God. 

We learn more about a person through conversation and interaction. The same process takes place when we talk to God in prayer. Spending more time in conversation with Him is the surest way to become closer to Him.

As it says in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (NKJV).

Many times in my own life, I have experienced the peace that passes all understanding when I have drawn near to God in prayer.

Praying helps me center my thoughts on what’s most important. Praying gives us a divine perspective on life and is therefore crucial. A member of my youth group passed away suddenly. Finding effective ways to love and minister to our wounded students has been challenging. The power of prayer has sustained me through this difficult period. It has helped me communicate with God, hear His voice, and experience His presence while I grieve alongside my church and community.

Be worried about nothing, but in everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV).

Praying puts us in a position to experience God’s peace, which is beyond our comprehension. Prayer keeps my mind on the things that are dear to God, both in the happy times and the bad.

Powerful Prayer For Help

We are a shared human race, so I know you feel my plight. We are a people of hoping, trying our best and lamenting our worst. We have great days and weeks and even some months and years…and then the crash comes, and we are left feeling that all the good we experienced was just a massive fluke. We struggle not to slip into skepticism. It’s tempting to worry away our days and fear ourselves into numbness. And in those real moments, it may be that all we can o er to God are five simple words:

I love You, Jesus. Help.
Those words may be small, but I believe that they are just the same as if they were a spoken novel of all the best heart alliterations, He hears them and responds with all fullness and tenderness of a Savior’s love. This simple prayer calls on heaven. It says to God that though our heart is full of love for Him, it is breaking over the frustrations the world is causing us.

This prayer is an abandoned prayer. It is a needy prayer. It is a sweet prayer from a helpless child to a Father fully in control.

Even in this moment as we struggle, we can lift our eyes to the God who loves us. We can lift our face to see Him in the dark, lift our voice to call out to Him for help. He is tender to
our struggle. He is ready to respond to the need.

I love You, Jesus. Help.

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“God Help Me!” Psalms to Pray
When you don’t know what to pray, Scripture provides the words for you! Use these prayers from Psalms to guide your request for help from God.

H – “Hear me Lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1
The first step is to let God know that you need him and want His help.

E – “Establish my steps in your word.” Psalm 119:133
Second, ask God for His direction and for strength to stand firm in His promises.

L – “Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” Psalm 79:8
We often need help because of our past choices and sin. Ask God to help you focus on his compassion and grace to lift you out of your despair and heart ache.

P – “Protect me God because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” Psalm 16:1

Whether it’s spiritual protection from Satan’s attacks or physical protection, we can come to God and ask Him to be our protector and provider. Seek refuge and lean on God, not your own strength or abilities. God promises to be your refuge if you will let Him!

*H.E.L.P acronym excerpt from 4 Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help by Jennifer Rothschild

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Excerpted from Lisa’s new book 5-Word Prayers: Where to Start When You Don’t Know What to Say to God (Harvest House, October 3, 2017), author and Bible teacher Lisa Whittle reminds readers the strength of prayers lies in the heart’s intent, not the word count. Each entry in this forty-day devotional will provide a simple five-word prayer, a corresponding Bible verse, and thoughts to encourage.

Short Prayers For Help

Thankfully for Christians, the Bible never says that we need to be self-reliant or to find strength from within ourselves. It also never says that we are to have perfect lives, filled with only happiness and without enemies. God understands that this life is filled with trials, pain, and hardships and He actually wants us to always be reliant on Him. Scripture makes it clear that hardship will come, but Scripture also shows us that we are okay to be weak and to cry out to help from God. And the best part? God actually listens, and He actually helps.

Here is a List of Christian Prayers for Help:

A Prayer for God’s Help in a Time of Trouble
The Psalms Prayer of H.E.L.P
The Prayer for Help that Comforts
Psalm 86
A Prayer for Help during Illness
In this post, there is a list of powerful prayers of help. However, this post will not only go over Christian prayers of help, but we will also look to Scripture to see how God’s people prayed for help, and how He answers us.

5 Prayers for Help
Below, we have compiled a list of the best prayers of help that we have found. Our hope is that these prayers encourage you, just as they have encouraged others.

  1. A Prayer For God’s Help in a Time of Trouble

You let Your Son die a brutal death on the Cross, paying the penalty for our sins, and through his resurrection, You’ve given us eternal life and access to Your glory. Oh Lord, thank You! In every situation in our lives, may we remember that You are sovereign over all… May every trial we go through in this life bring us closer to You. Our prayer today is for our enemies, our conspirators, and our foes. We are all imperfect, and You love us all equally. Help us to leave justice at Your feet, seeking peace and the Spirit’s sensitivity before lifting the gate on our emotions.

Right our hearts to place You at the helm. Bless our minds to run to You for solutions to problems that put our backs up against walls. Help us to resist gossip and slander, blame and unnecessary attacks on the character of others… When we are in trouble, help us to remember the cross. In the direst situation of all, Christ conquered death… We’re not promised this world will be easy or fair, but You guarantee Your presence and Your love. Grant us the courage to stick to Your standards. You are good, all the time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

  1. The Psalms Prayer of H.E.L.P
    H. “Hear me lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1)
    E. “Establish my steps in your word.” (Psalm 119:133)
    L. “Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” (Psalm 79:8)
    P. “Protect me, God, because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” (Psalm 16:1)
  2. The Prayer for the Help that Comforts
    “Dear God, some days feel too hard. I’m hurting, struggling, fighting fear and worry at every turn. But in the midst of it all, you haven’t left me to fend for myself. Forgive me for doubting You are there. Forgive me for thinking you’ve forgotten. Forgive me for believing that I somehow know the better way. You are fully trustworthy. You are all-powerful. You are able. You are Lord over every situation no matter how difficult it may seem. You are Healer and will never waste the grief I carry today. Anything is possible with You. I pray not only for my own grief but also for those who grieve today. I ask for Your comfort to surround those who weep. I pray for the peace of Your presence to cover our minds and thoughts, as you remind us, the enemy can never steal us out of Your hands. Amen.”
  3. Psalm 86
    “Listen to me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am helpless and weak.
    Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
    save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

You are my God, so be merciful to me;
I pray to you all day long.
Make your servant glad, O Lord,
because my prayers go up to you.
You are good to us and forgiving,
full of constant love for all who pray to you.

Listen, Lord, to my prayer;
hear my cries for help.
I call to you in times of trouble,
because you answer my prayers…”

  1. A Prayer for Help During Illness
    “Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, I turn to You in this time of illness. Dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. We place our worries in Your hands. We ask that You restore Your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your Will, even when we don’t understand it. Amen.”

Scriptures on Praying for Help
There are many examples throughout Scripture pointing to God’s help for humanity. The verses below will inspire you to keep seeking more verses about God’s help, as well as encouraging you to see that God is the ultimate Helper in this life.

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

— Psalm 116:1-2
In Psalm 116, we find David crying out help from God. Not only do we find a prayer of desperation, but we discover that God is bending down to listen to him. God is hearing the prayer of help. And later in the Psalm, it is revealed that God does save David from death and despair because David cried out and the Lord heard him.

Let this Scripture passage be an encouragement to you; that God is listening to your prayers for help, and that He will show His mercy in the midst of hardship.

Isaiah 41:10,13
‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand… For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

— Isaiah 41:10,13
This passage of Scripture encourages God’s people to hold firm in the faith that God is their helper and Savior. There is no fear when we fix our gaze upon the truth that God will help us in times of need and hardship. God promises later in this chapter that He will provide even in the most dire circumstances. A perfect example of this is verse 17, where the Lord says, “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none,
and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the LORD, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.”

Psalm 63:7
“Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”

— Psalm 63:7
In this verse, we find a testimony of how God is David’s helper. David lived a very treacherous life, full of hardship and conflict. However, because David writes a testimony of God’s help, we can be encouraged to see that God is faithful in times of trouble.

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