Bible Study, Encouragement

What Happens When You Just Can’t Pray?

Woman with head in her hands and cryingDo you face those times in your life when you know that you desperately need to pray and you just can’t? There is an ache, a loss, or a feeling of brokenness that you cannot overcome, and you know that you need to call out to the Lord, but the words just won’t come.

I find myself at a loss far more frequently in the last year than ever before. I just can’t seem to string together the words to describe how I am feeling. Sometimes I can’t even manage to eek out the smallest of squeaks. I want to shout out, “God I need you now!” Yet I can’t begin to open my mouth.

I’m so thankful that God knows my heart and my every need without ever hearing a spoken word.

Psalm 5:1 reminds me that God hears words, cries, and even the groaning of my spirit. Not only does He listen, but verse 3 tells me that I should lift my prayer and then watch. Look to the God of heaven. Look to the God who hears our cries and answers our prayers, and then watch with expectancy. 

Why watch? Because God answers prayer! He takes action. He makes paths straight and wipes out the enemy. He mends broken hearts and restores bridges we thought beyond repair. heart

God does not require eloquent or elaborate prayers. He is not seeking the most magnificent vocabulary or the loudest shouts. What He does demand is a pure heart; a heart fully committed to Him. 

Do you have faith in God?

Do you put your whole heart into believing God is who He says He is? Do you believe that God can do what He says He can? Then it’s time to start trusting Him to do it! Look to Him! Cry out to Him! And then watch and wait.

It is in the quiet stillness, often in the moments, we cannot begin to put words to our emotions that God reminds us that He is God, and He can move mountains. All we have to do is trust Him.

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