When you don’t know what to pray

Romans 8:26-27 NIV

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. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

So many times God has laid a person on my heart, I don’t know why, but I’ve learned to pray. (Unfortunately, the hard way)  And even though I may never know why I was prompted to pray, I want to be faithful. I want to lift that person to our Heavenly Father. All I can do is trust that God will work.

Sometimes we do know why. One night at choir a fellow choir member asked for prayer. She didn’t go into details; I offered to pray for her. I prayed what I believed the Spirit laid on my heart. After rehearsal, she came to me, hugged me, and said, “You were right on with your prayer.”

Take this passage to heart. When someone pops into your mind, stop and say a quick prayer. It doesn’t have to be much, just ask God to meet them where they need to be met.  You may never know the impact of your prayer this side of heaven, but that doesn’t matter.

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