Some hardships are unavoidable in this life. I have found that even though life throws curve-balls the best way to handle them is to find comfort in God. That is where prayer comes in handy. Prayer is important all of the time but in those hard times asking for God’s guidance is the only thing that can truly give solace to pull through. And everyone has those moments and honest prayer and faith could be the most powerful anchors when things go awry.

      The Urantia Book says “Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict.” I think that it is important to remember that. Sometimes people may want to pray for God to just fix everything that is not to their satisfaction in their life, but that’s not going to happen. Communication with God will help you grow to rise above your conflicts by becoming a more spiritually sound being.

                Up until recently I personally thought that I shouldn’t pray when things in my life got really difficult. I thought that I had something to prove to myself, the universe and God that I could handle the cards that life had given me alone. Reflecting back on that thought it seems really silly because God loves us all. Why wouldn’t he want to help? I’ve found that our human minds, mine especially, make silly things like this sensible.

                One recent experience changed this perspective of mine. I was really down the other night, because of trivial little things, and I was at a loss of what to do to feel better. Sometimes when I get really sad my chest literally feels as if it’s constricting. I went through a couple of hours feeling this and all the emotions that come along with it and I finally decided to do something about it. I called my dad for guidance and just to have someone to talk to. He suggested that we should pray together. We prayed for a few minutes and near the end I felt my chest loosen up. I felt like a weight had been lifted and that I could be okay because that is what God and the angels wanted. They wanted to help me overcome those feelings of disconsolation.

I know that it may have been hard in the past for me to overcome these feelings alone but at least now I know that I can pray to God to help me grow above this.

By Liz Craig