God’s Word for Me Today: Too Weak to Pray

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…

My husband
My church
Our Compassion child
Our bosses and coworkers
Our extended family
My Godsons

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 praised.

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.”
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