There are times in our lives when words fail us.
Even in our walk with God we can find ourselves speechless.
Have you been there?
Have you ever wanted to pray but just didn’t know what to say?
Maybe you’ve been through a difficult time and you’re wondering if God is still there?
You try to pray but the words seem to be stuck in your throat.
Maybe you simply don’t know where to start.
The . words . just. won’t. come.
Today, we have Marva from SunSparkleShine sharing about a topic near and dear to my heart – prayer!
Too many times, we are unable to tap into the power of prayer because of guilt, fear, insecurity, unconfessed sin, bitterness, sadness, grief, hurt, poor health, disappointment, resentment, unrealized dreams, hopelessness…
Do you see where I’m going with this?
The reasons are endless.
We often look at this time of speechlessness as a dry period. One that we quickly want to get over so that we can just move on.
But what if we welcomed these dry spells and looked instead for the treasures God has stored up for us?
We know that prayer is all about communicating with God. It’s a two-way street in which we speak but we also get to listen to God.
Well, in this season there’s a whole lot of listening. Why not welcome it? Here are a few suggestions for how you can do just that.
Until words come:
If you’ve ever found yourself without the words to pray, try these suggestions.
1. Pray a Psalm
In the Psalms we find people in the Bible who can relate to us. They’ve been discouraged, overwhelmed, afraid, lost, without hope, you name it.
I especially love those Psalms where the psalmist is real with God about how he’s feeling. In those moments of vulnerability, he finds hope. And that’s exactly what we need as well.
Psalm 73 is one of my favorites.
Here we find Asaph down and discouraged by the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
Yet, as he poured out his heart to God, Asaph was pointed back to the truth.
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
Maybe you can’t relate to Asaph’s dilemma but as you read through the Psalms, I bet you will find others that speak directly to how you’re feeling.
There are too many to mention, but take a look at these Psalms:
Until words come: find a Psalm that speaks to the stirrings of your heart and pray those words to God.
2. Pray a Song
There are so many beautiful songs that can inspire our hearts when we don’t have the words.
Some of my favourites are the hymns that were written by the great songwriters of old. As I wrote this post, How Great Thou Art kept coming to mind.
You might like a more modern song. Go with what speaks to your heart and repeat those words of praise to God.
Until words come: pray the words of a song of praise and watch God lift your spirits too.
My prayer is that we find hope in moments of silence. Don’t be tempted to give in to guilt. Welcome the silence and listen intently to God. He is willing to bless you when you humbly show up before him – with or without your own words.
What about you?
How do you stay in touch with God when words fail you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Marva is an island living, sun loving Christian wife and mother. Inspired by John 10:10 she encourages women to slow down and enjoy life to the full, brilliantly. You can find all the latest sparkle on her blog SunSparkleShine as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Get a free copy of her P.R.A.Y. prayer and scripture cards when you sign up for the Sparkle Highlights newsletter here.
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Horace Williams Jr is the oldest son of a pastor who went to be with Jesus in 2020. He is an award-winning author and amateur chef who loves Jesus Christ. His passion for Christ inspires readers to draw nearer to the God who loves them.