Let’s go back in time. You are sitting in your high school Chemistry class, and you are called to present your homemade volcano project. You’ve worked on this for months. You tested it out repeatedly to make sure it functions correctly. As you get up in front of the class, you gaze into the twenty pairs of eyes staring into yours. You tense up and hear Adam Sandler’s saying “T-t-t-t-t- Today, Junior!” You calm your nerves and make it through the presentation with flying colors.
As Christians, we have an obligation to pray. We have heard the scriptures that tell us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), continuing in prayer (Colossians 4:2), and being instant in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2). We try to follow those scriptures but sometimes we feel like the student who is giving a presentation. We don’t know what to say to God, and we feel disappointed in our walk with him. There are a couple of ways that we can overcome this mental block and continue in our walks with him.
1. Give him praise!
I had used this excuse before and heard other people use it. I do not have anything to pray for. Yep and sometimes that is true. There are some days where everything is going great. Even though we do not have needs at that moment, we can praise him for the great day we had.
Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.(James 5:13). Every time I think of great things God has done, I am reminded of the Israelites when they conquered Jericho. They had praised God before the walls fell before them. Their common faith had grown so much that the walls broke in front of them. When you give God praise, your faith will grow stronger. With that faith, you know the walls you face spiritually will fall.
2. Ask and Listen.
Sometimes we have the desire to pray for others, but do not know what they need. That is when we simply ask for God to give us direction. Ask him to give you the words to pray. He will see your heart and honor it.
Sometimes God will speak clearly to you by his voice. Sometimes he speaks by his word. When you pray, grab your Bible. Listen to God’s voice lead you to scripture. Even though you might not have the exact words to pray, The Bible has an example of how to pray for that situation.
3. Let his spirit flow through you.
Did you know that God has a way to pray for you? In Romans 8:26 Paul informs us with this passage “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.” How cool is that? When we don’t know what to pray, God can pray for us on our behalf with his spirit. When this happens in your prayer time, be assured that his spirit is fighting a battle that we can not comprehend.
When the words will not come, be confident and know that there are ways to find them.