Former baseball great Satchel Paige once said, “Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”

This sounds like good old salt-of-the-earth wisdom, but it’s actually terrible advice. (For future reference, wise┬ácounsel never begins with the phrase, “Don’t pray.”)

Everyone knows that it’s a mistake not to pray when the sun is shining. But it’s foolish to compound the mistake by refusing to pray when the rain starts pouring down.

Even if you haven’t prayed enough in the past, this is the time to start praying more than ever.

Often, when trouble strikes, our first reaction is panic. Our first emotion is fear. We need to move past this impulse and start moving in the direction of prayer.

This is what happened when King Jeshophat heard that three armies were aligned against him, preparing to attack. The Bible says…

Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. (2 Chronicles 20:3)

First came fear, a normal reaction.

Then came prayer, a much better response.

Then came God’s guidance.

Then came provision.

Then came victory.

God’s work in your life often begins from a place of need, or hurt, or fear. Many who walk close to Christ today can tell you that it was pain that led them to pursue a deeper relationship with God.

Despair can be a catalyst to experiencing God’s power. There’s a reason for this. When confronted with trouble, we’re more likely to shed the religious fa├žade and get real with God.

In the journey to experiencing God, this is the first step.

[Adapted from Steve’s book, Here Comes Trouble.]

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