When awful things were happening in my life I didn’t ask for prayer because of:
-my fear of losing control and crying in public
-looking like I couldn’t cope as well as others around me
-others might think God didn’t love me because I always seemed to be in trouble
-I had a martyr complex, bearing burdens all alone
-I was raised to keep stuff quiet and in the family
-I was ashamed to have to ask for help, even prayer
-lack of self worth; maybe God wouldn’t answer my prayers
-the people I told might gossip
-I didn’t know anyone well enough to ask for prayer.
Then I read this verse.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16, NIV)
Prayer- Lord when we get in the way of our own healing, show us the truth in your Word. Amen.