Ever felt confused, confounded, despairing, or disheartened? How do you pray when you don’t have a clue or the energy to find a clue?
Here are several ways to pray during dark and difficult times:
Silent prayer or groaning prayer
Did you ever just sit in silence, allowing God to sit with you in your pain and confusion? This is prayer without words. (It works the same way with people- sometimes you just sit silently with them in their pain.)
Sometimes one’s pain is so strong that neither words nor silence will suffice. A simple moan or groan says it all. This is prayer without words, also.
Take a look at Romans 8:26-27 (KJV, biblegateway.com)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Confusing times are times to pray by casting your care on the Lord. In prayer, tell Him about your troubles and how you feel- be honest. Then wait, wait, wait…
Look at I Peter 5:7 (KJV, biblegateway.com)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
It may sound trite, but it is ok. God cares. He knows. Simply be with Him for now.