Praying While Under Fire

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

One day my mom was sitting at the kitchen table reading her Bible with a candle by her side. I suppose after she finished reading the Word, she began to pray. She said she bowed her head in prayer. As she prayed she began to smell smoke, but she didn’t stop praying until the scent of smoke became stronger and her head began to feel hot. She opened her eyes and out of the corner of eye she noticed flames and quickly realized that her wig was on fire! She slid the wig off her head, patted it on the floor to put out the flames, put the wig back on and continued to pray.

Of course after everything was over and she was not injured, we found the comedy in this story and laughed for a few days! However, it really got me to thinking about prayer in general. How does our prayer life respond during the fiery times of our lives? For many it’s easy to get to so caught up in what’s going on around you that your prayer life suffers, but it’s so important to not let the illnesses, finances, relationships, or anything snuff out your prayers. In fact, when you are praying continually, as Paul suggests in the header scripture, your prayers will ultimately extinguish the fires going on around you!

My mother was relentless in her prayers and pursuit. She was determined to not let anything, even a burning wig, keep her from getting what God had for her and those around her. Ask yourself what you are allowing to distract you from your communication with God. That “fire” is the very thing keeping you from collecting on God’s promises.

Dear Daddy,
I pray for the strength to continue in prayer despite the obstacles and distractions that arise on a daily basis. Please help me to always seek You in prayer, even when there are fiery situations going on all around me. I trust that when I pray to You, You will extinguish those fires in Your divine order and time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to persevere in prayer despite interruption. Whether it’s trials, tribulations, sickness or even phone calls or your favorite TV show, choose to commune with the Lord first! The more we pray, the more we are able to overcome distractions and give God our undivided attention.

Can you identify at least one thing that you have allowed to distract you from praying continually?

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Communicating With God


Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer. She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)

2 thoughts on “Praying While Under Fire”

  1. Oh I love this EM and it is hilarious but so on point!!!!! Such a word from the Lord today!!! It is easy to communicate with God when are lives are going smooth and our minds are clear but can we press through in the midst of fire and distractions? Thanks Saneatra!!!

  2. And oh yes sometimes when I am in my devotion time and prayer with God, the phone rings, a family member needs something or distracting thought comes. This morning I had to tell my younger sister twice I am in prayer and I had to apologize to God for stopping my time with Him because what she called about wasnt even an emergency and could have waited. But I have to learn to trust God and pick up the phone later. He will let me know if it is an emergency or not.

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