All I can do is pray….
I say it so many times. Standing outside on a windy April day I leaned in to chat with a friend who had rolled her window down to see my sweet children scramble into the car after church. We stood in the church parking lot and I mentioned how it was goo
d to see her daughter and her daughter’s husband a few weeks ago at church. I had played the piano at her daughter’s wedding, so it was good to see them coming to church again.
She mentioned in a sighing sort of way how she had wished they would come more often. Then I said, we can pray for them. The tone of my voice implied it was a last resort, when there isn’t more we can do.
All I could do was pray for a friend who was struggling through some really tough times. In fact, as I write this I have several names on my list who are going through some really hard circumstances. One is losing her father to cancer, another is pregnant with a rainbow baby, another is struggling with a special need’s child, and more are suffering silently through depression, heartache, and grief. No matter how many cards, gifts, and flowers I can send, the pain and hurt won’t just leave.
Sometimes I feel like all I can do is pray….but is prayer an empty work? Oswald Chambers says prayer is the greater work. One of the most beloved quotes of Charles Spurgeon, who suffered from depression and sometimes despair is this:
God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. When you are so weak that you cannot do much more than cry, you coin diamonds with both your eyes. The sweetest prayers God ever hears are the groans and sighs of those who have no hope in anything but his love. – CHS
The scripture proves this to be true, for in Romans 8:26-27 it says: 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 groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Do we not believe God would listen to the Spirit? Wouldn’t the ear of the Trintity be intoned to the other counterpart of the Three? Surely, when we pray and we can’t even find the right words, the Holy Spirit is there to move in us in prayer. He speaks for us.
Our fourth child is nonverbal. She doesn’t speak, but her sister (our third child) is a great speaker. In fact, when the two are in class, the older one takes it upon herself to speak for her sister. Most of the time it works out because sisters are in-tuned to each other, aren’t they? They understand and read each other to know how the other feels and the other’s desires. It is a sweet sight for a mother’s heart to see my two girls growing together in love for each other, and even though our daughters are different, they’re hearts are intertwined and I have little fear of the future of my nonverbal child. She has her sister by her side who will be watching out for her.
On a deeper, more intimate level we have the Trinity. God’s love extends to us and we experience the full measure of His Godhead when we pray! Prayer is the best thing we can do, not the last resort. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the words to say or if you struggle with how to pray, God promises a speaker for us! I’ve listed below THREE Biblical reasons why prayer is the best thing we can do.
1. ACCESS. Prayer gives us direct access to the heart of the Trinity. Prayer will help our relationship with the Father Son and Spirit. No matter how our hearts feel, prayer will benefit us spiritually. (James 5:13; Romans 12:12; Romans 8:26-27)
2. ANSWERS. God listens to the prayers of His people and He answers. Through pray, circumstances really do change. It isn’t because God can be persuaded, but we do know God responds to prayer. (I John 5:15; Psalm 17:6; Psalm 141:2; Psalm 145:18)
3. ANEW. Restoration comes from prayer. We can begin anew with prayer. Many times relationships, hurts, and deep pain is healed through the power of prayer. I’ve seen my own heart change through prayer. God has used prayers of others to heal as well. (Eph. 1:18; Eph. 6:18; Matt. 5:44;)
When you see prayer, would you wonder if maybe peace could be a part of your life through the power of prayer?
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