When life crashes down on you, God pays attention to your wordless prayer.
We singles often feel anxious and agitated but can't pinpoint what our problem is. We try to settle down but nothing seems to work. One of the mysteries of being deeply in love with someone is that you're often able to discern their feelings without being told. God can always do that with you.
The Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ who dwells in every Christian, picks up on your moods. When you're distraught, hurt, or lonely, he turns those feelings into a prayer:
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. (Romans 8:26, NIV)
Sometimes we're just unable to pray. And that's all right. I've often been so upset I could hardly think straight, let alone talk to God and make any sense. Other times we're angry with God. The Holy Spirit doesn't condemn us for those feelings, but rather carries them to the Father in the form of our unspoken plea.
This type of situation is nothing to be ashamed of. God created us with emotions, and try as we might to master them, they sometimes get the upper hand.
All of our requests to God are not born of negative feelings, however. Haven't you ever been so overwhelmed with God's mercy and grace that you couldn't adequately thank him? Your laughter and tears of joy go straight to his heart in wordless prayer.
If you're like me, you've had prayers answered so extravagantly that it leaves you stunned. God's kindness explodes in your life and you almost stagger under the outpouring of his love. Your surprise becomes your thanks to him.
Life's sweetest moments come when we're on the receiving end of God's goodness. He gives us more than we expected, better than we expected, and wiser than we expected. What began as a prayer of pain turns into an overwhelming act of his grace.
It's essential to keep your connection to heaven open. No matter how rejected or depressed you feel, open your heart to God. Reach out to him with your will, if you can't do it with words.
We don't always understand our situation. From our perspective, it may seem bleak and hopeless. But God, who knows the future, is a God of hope. He is the Great Rescuer, the Great Repairer.
For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
Don't dictate to God how you want your problem solved. Don't limit him. Make your request and then trust him.
Keep an expectant state of mind. Wait on God. Give him time to work.
Silent praying strips away our attempts at eloquence. It eliminates our bargaining. It gets rid of our tendency to tell God what to do and when to do it. It may be the purest, most sincere prayer you can offer.
It's the kind of prayer that God always hears and delights in answering.
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