What to Pray?

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by things in your life you didn’t even know how to begin to pray? 

As humans living in the 21st Century, there are numerous reasons to be overwhelmed. We might be scared of the climate crisis and natural disasters, our political atmosphere, family matters, or even personal situations. The truth of the matter is, a lot is going on around us. It is normal and okay to be concerned or even overwhelmed by these things. You are not alone. 

The good news is, when we find ourselves in moments such as these, God meet us where we are. Romans 8:26-27 says, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” 

The Spirit of God meets us in our frailty and vulnerability and prays for us. Even when we are at a loss for words and prayers ourselves, God knows exactly what we need. All we must do is open our eyes and ears to see how God might be moving right before us. 

Our memory verse this week reminds us that God is in our midst working out all things for good. So whether you are in a high or low this week, I pray that each of us might find comfort in this promise. The Spirit of God is in your midst comforting you, caring for you, and praying for you in ways that you may never have known you needed. 

Take heart. Even when we have no words at all, or we fill up the space around us with endless words, God knows exactly how we feel. God knows what we need and God is already at work to care for us. 

I pray that each of you may become aware of God in your midst this week, and I hope we can come together in worship on Sunday to celebrate the ways in which we have seen the Lord at work. 

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday! 

Peace and grace,

Pastor Kipp