Friday, November 11, 2011

Prayer 3: Words of my Mouth

My friend Vera has a killer prayer list. She keeps it in two three-ring binders and tends it every day, spending literally hours in intercession for people and situations. We have prayed together a number of times, always about something specific that had sprung into her heart or weighed on her mind, but when it comes to her list, I marvel at her zeal and faithfulness in it.

In contrast, my own prayers are clumsy, wandering, searching for direction and relevance. I have a list, too, but am not faithful to it, mostly because, well, my prayers just sound dumb. I just never seem to know what to say.

I should remember this:

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

I'm starting to think that I just need to shut up and present myself to God. My thoughts, my words, will never be good enough.

But He lives in me. What I can't say, He can. Where my words stumble, His do not. When my heart faints, His is strong. I can depend on Him to direct my heart and inspire my stumbling mouth. You can, too.

When my prayers do not come because I am depending on my faltering heart to provide them, all I have to do is to lean toward Him and listen before I speak. Then the words of my mouth will always be acceptable.


  1. Great comment...all we have to do is to lean towards him and the words will come. I wish I had the kind of prayer life like your friend as well. Thanks for linking up.

  2. I never know what to say either...the verse says it all.

  3. Your honest weakness, His gracious strength~ The simple recipe for an amazing prayer life. Just tell Him how you feel...I think you already did!

  4. Shanda, thanks for much for providing this opportunity to link up...look forward to it every week.

    And thanks for the comments, gals. It's good to reach out and touch. Now I have to go and pray....

  5. I had such an awesome answer to prayer this week. My faith was weak, but I had a friend with faith strong! A three ring notebook kind of praying friend.

  6. Aren't these friends so good to have? Mine is aging quickly. I must treasure her now, I think.