I have never considered myself to be a “prayer warrior”.
Likely not fully realizing what prayer is, I found it actually boring as a kid.
Maybe because it felt like a one-way conversation. Maybe because the pre-written
prayers in church had a lot of big “churchy” words. I’m not sure why, but it
didn’t interest me.
Now, as an adult, I understand prayer a bit better. I still
don’t think I’m a “prayer warrior”. I frequently fall into the trap of
promising someone I’d pray for them, then forget to do it. Often my prayers are
short and disjointed as I’m distracted by life happening around me. Then there
days like today where I’m keenly aware of just how many people I know need
prayer – friends and family I need to be praying for.
The friends carrying babies in their growing bellies.
The friends who have sadly lost their babies.
The friends whose home is down to the studs after a fire.
My nephew and niece starting school this year.
My newly-married cousins.
Missionary friends serving at home and abroad.
And that’s not including the people I don’t know personally…
The victims of fire, earthquake and war.
Families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
Women and kids overseas struggling to survive each day.
And I can’t forget, though, too often, I do…
Our Compassion child
Our bosses and coworkers
Our extended family
The list goes on and it’s enough to make my head spin. How can I pray
for so many people – so many needs? I can’t. So for a moment, I don’t. In those
moments where I realize the need, I’m overwhelmed by my limitations and
weakness and at a complete loss for words. So I sit in silence and wait for God
to calm my thoughts. And I trust that the Spirit is doing His work of
interceding for me.
Because God already knows every need and every situation long before it
crosses my mind. He knows the outcome before I speak a word. And who better to
bring a jumbled mess of needs before God than Himself by His Spirit? He takes
my speechlessness and puts His Word in its place. He takes my concerns and
gives me His peace. He takes my prayers and uses them for His glory and my and
others’ ultimate good.
Don’t know what to say in your prayers? Maybe that’s good. Take the
opportunity to let God speak to your heart. The words will come, and He will be
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:26-27
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.
Fr we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself
intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts
knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
saints according to the will of God.”