You desperately want to pray but the words just won’t come. Whether you’re walking through a crisis, dealing with a difficult person or simply having a bad day, know that you’re not alone. Let me share what I do when the words won’t come and I don’t know what to pray.

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For years I thought it was horrible when I’d sit down to talk to God but have no idea where to start, or what to say. I thought something was wrong with me, or even that I might be super “un-spiritual.” I’ve since learned that’s not the case at all, and the Lord has showed me what to do when I don’t know what to pray.

The next time you don’t know what to pray, try one of these ideas that have been helpful to me.

Let The Holy Spirit Pray For You

Whether it’s walking through a crisis in my own life, or even hearing about tragic news from friends, I’ll bow my head to pray but the words just won’t come. And then I’m reminded of the the words from Romans 8:26, “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 through wordless groans.”

I know that asking the Holy Spirit to pray on our behalf sounds odd, but I’d like to encourage you to give it a try. Even though you dont know what to pray, you’ll be comforted knowing that prayers are going up for the circumstance at hand. After all, who better to pray on your behalf than the Holy Spirit?

Speak the Name of Jesus

“When you don’t know what to say, just say Jesus. There is power in the name, the name of Jesus. If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray, just say Jesus.” – Just Say Jesus from 7eventh Time Down

Just as the words to the song say, there is power in the name of Jesus! Speak His name when you don’t know what to pray and you’ll be amazed at the peace it will bring.

Listen to Praise and Worship Music

Am I the only person that has mini praise and worship sessions when my favorite songs are playing? What better way to talk to the Lord than to worship Him through praise and worship music!

Certain songs have special meaning because the Lord used them to help me get through a rough time. When I hear those songs, I can’t help but thank the Lord for bringing me through that time.

What do you do when you don’t know what to pray?


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