Prayer Is for Times of Trouble
So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord . Acts 4:24a
Recommended Reading – Acts 12:8-12
While the saying appears in various forms in war correspondence through the years, it was general-turned-president Dwight Eisenhower who put it in words that were made a part of the public record: “There are no atheists in foxholes.” His remarks in a broadcast from the White House became a public recognition of what most people know instinctively: The more serious the trouble, the more likely we are to call out to God.
Yes, it’s an instinctive response and one well understood based on the biblical record. We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) and have eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). When we are threatened, like small children we intuitively call out for the One we know cares for us. Christians have learned that God welcomes our prayers. Jesus taught us to ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7-8); Paul said to bring all our requests to God without ceasing (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18); and Hebrews 4:16 tells us to call on God boldly for mercy and grace — two things every discouraged person needs.
If you are in a “foxhole” today, call upon God. Even if you have never called on God before, today is a good day to begin.
Days of trouble must be days of prayer.