How do you pray when you can’t find the words?

Teenage girl praying outdoors at twilight. Shallow DOF.

I once read an article which said that in response to bad news we should take the following steps:-

  • Pray
  • Fast
  • Ask God for strategy
  • Praise God

Good advice, which should be applied to any major challenge we may be experiencing. Unfortunately however, and depending on how difficult our situation may be, some of us find it difficult to get past step number one. It is easy to pray when life is good and all is going well but it gets a little harder when life throws you a big curve ball like losing your job unexpectedly, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, learning of your partner’s infidelity, experiencing divorce, or losing a loved one.

It gets worse when it seems as though no matter how long you stay down on your knees crying out to God, nothing at all changes. How do you keep on praying in situations like these? What do you say? Why does it sound as though your words are the same day in and day out? Even you become tired of hearing the same old prayers echoing in your ears, and wonder whether God is really listening or if He has turned out from your very stuck record. I know … because I’ve been there.

If you are hurting way deep down in your heart, if you are crawling through a dark never-ending valley in the shadow of death on your hands and knees, if you feel as though God has forsaken you and you cannot go on one more day – stop, pause, and quieten your anxious thoughts for a moment.

Take some deep breaths and gather yourself together. Before you give up on God or yourself, remember His promises to you as you repeat the words of the 23rd Psalm. Think about each phrase as you say it. Print it out and keep it with you for those times when you need to have an urgent ‘help-me-Lord-or-somebody-will-die’ talk with God but the right words fail you.

God is not human and so he doesn’t lie or say He’s going to do something without meaning it. David knew He could depend entirely on a God who would never desert him and you know this too; it’s just a little hard to remember right now from so far down in your stuff.

God will never ever leave you.  He will be there supporting and comforting you especially when you are battling with the enemy.  Why?  Because you are His anointed one, the love of His life, a welcome dweller in His house … for ever.  So let us pray.

Verse for Reflection: Psalm 23 (KJV)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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