“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.” Romans 8:26
Have you ever had trouble praying? I have. Especially when I am really upset about something; when I’m in pain for a loved one. Those are the hard times. “Oh God, help them; help me,” is what comes to mind at first. And actually, it is enough. He will do both those things for us.
But when it is daily scheduled (first thing in the morning) prayer time, it can be hard to think of what to say. Years ago, when my mind couldn’t seem to stay still, I wrote out my prayers in notebooks. This helped me stay focused. What I do quite often now is “pray the Bible” which means to use prayers from the Bible that have the ideas you want to convey to God, but can’t find the words.
Psalms is a book of prayers. There are some that don’t relate to my life; but almost all of them do. I sometimes copy them down and read them to God in the morning. Joyce Meyer says to begin our prayers with praise and thanks. I think this is good advice. Doing this brings our minds off ourselves and onto God and his power.
Sometimes I say the Lord’s Prayer out loud. Sometimes I copy Paul’s prayers for the church and pray them for me and all the people in my family and friends who are written in a Prayer Book and for all the people I know at Facebook, on blogs and online. This gives me great joy, to pray for all these people. I don’t always read off their names, there are so many, but God knows who they are.
Joyce always says, “Believe God is working.” This I believe. Every prayer is heard; every prayer is answered. Prayer is when God has an open channel to our hearts and is sometimes the time he uses to speak directly to us. In prayer we are saying to the universe, “I need God in my life. I want God in my life.”
Here are some prayers I copied the other night that say what I feel in my heart.
Blessed be the Lord who daily bears us up.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you.
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord, my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me. You have delivered my soul from the depths of hell.
You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.