Sunday, February 28, 2010

When You Can't Find the Right Words To Pray

Earnest prayer. Deep requests. Heartfelt praise. Sometimes my heart feels things so deeply – there are just no words. I don’t know how I can possibly convey to the Lord what I’m feeling inside.

I love where in the Bible it says,
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Rom. 8:26

God prays on our behalf.

Oftentimes, when I have found that words escape me, I’ve made this simple request of Him. I’ve asked Him if He would pray on my behalf. I know that the prayer is in line with His will then and my heart fills with complete peace.

I’ve discovered something kind of cool this year. I’ve discovered that sometimes when I’m feeling something really profound inside of my heart and I’m searching for the right words to present before the Lord – I get tears in my eyes. That fact may not mean much to you, but to me it means everything.

I strive to let the Lord know how passionate I am about things. How grateful, how much something means to me. And as I sit there pondering my feelings and seeking to find the words – tears fill up in my eyes. To me, that’s all I need. I think those tears tell God everything I want Him to know. Those tears tell Him everything my heart is trying to say. Those tears show Him the full extent of my heart and in a way…. Those tears ARE my prayer.

I think sometimes we feel we have to be really grandiose in our prayers with lots of flowery, big words. Maybe we feel we have to be really Holy or our prayers have to be very long in order to be passionate. I think we’re wrong.

I look back on God’s example in the Bible and He never did anything grandiose or flowery. He always did things simply, with a genuine, loving heart.

I don’t know why we have to make things so complicated all of the time! Maybe it’s in the fact that it continues to be so hard for us to simply accept what He’s offered us without having to earn it somewhere along the way.

All I know is that sometimes when words escape my tongue, they form in my eyes with a glisten and I think that is perfectly acceptable to God. He knows my heart anyways and He knows that I’m not always eloquent. I think my tears are the perfect prayer sometimes.

So if you, like me, struggle at times with the deep emotions in your heart and you can’t seem to find the right words to bring before the Lord, remember that He sees all and He knows all. He can see and feel your heart. And if your tears should come at times, as mine do – know that if our God is a God who chooses to pray for us and on our behalf when words escape us, that He too will accept and value your tears with the weight and meaning which comes behind them.


Barbie said...

This is a great post. I am not much of a crier anymore. Early on in my walk with the Lord I was. Now, I don't "feel" as much. I am walking through some healing places and hopefully soon the tears will flow. But I think tears connect the deepest yearnings and desires of our heart with God's It's almost in those moments that our heart connects with His.

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Mrs. D said...

Love this post.

Dionna Sanchez said...

Thank you, Mrs. D.


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