Alongside "rejoicing in hope" and being "patient in tribulation" in Romans 12'12, is the exhortation be "continuing steadfastly in prayer".
For most people praying is an act of desperation. On the other hand there's this exhortation to Believers to make praying a continuous factor in their lives.
At that time His listeners had much that they wanted changed. Their own country was occupied by a foreign power. There was religious tyranny. And there was the struggle of daily living.
Once when the Lord was with His Disciples "He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart," Luke 18'1-8.
There are Believers whose situations are like this and some whose situations are much worse. And others live where there is freedom of religion for the most part.
Nevertheless, what Jesus said encourages His Called-Out Ones. Paul writes much about praying for all the situations that Believers find themselves in, from family outwards including national:
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus," 1 Timothy 2'1-5.
Acts 4'29-30 records the very first Kingdom prayer meeting. Those early Believers expressed their desire to be witnesses to Jesus and His great love and power:
"Now, Lord ... grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus".