If you are like me you have those times when you simply do not know what to pray. Maybe for yourself or someone you care about. We try so hard to form words, to express to the Lord our heartfelt request. We jokingly say we need to be very careful with the words we use, we don’t want God to get it wrong. We think there must be some secret formula, some magic wand to be used in getting what we want and think we need from the Lord.
We overcomplicate even prayer. God already knows what we have need of. In Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And then in Matthew 6:8, “Be not, therefore, like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things you have need of before ye ask Him.”
God knows everything, down to the tiniest of thoughts and content of your heart. Those things that you yourself do not yet know you need. He also knows what each person we bring to him in prayer needs. A simple, Lord, please help whoever will do. Wordiness is for us, not the Lord. Now, do I think there is a good time to talk it out with Jesus? Yes, I do!
There are those times when we need to speak things aloud in order to hear ourselves saying what is inside of us. It is always for our benefit, not his. When I have sat with the Lord talking out loud, sometimes I am surprised by what comes out. And once it is out I can better gauge my thoughts about it, hammer it out if you will with Jesus.
I talk, He listens and the Holy Spirit reveals. It will also keep your mind focused on your prayer. Sometimes when we close our eyes and bow our heads and pray in our hearts and minds, our minds can start to wonder. We do not want it to, but it does. And before long we are distracted, our prayer slightly disjointed etc.
God really does know what we need. He knows the next moment, we don’t. Also, remember Jesus is interceding for us always. Romans 8:34,”Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ who died, yea rather, who is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Just remember, it does not have to be wordy, complicated and over thought out. Just go to your Heavenly Father and talk to him. Use simple words and I promise He will know exactly what you are saying! And when someone says something like, Pray the Lord will heal me, you can just say Jesus, help my friend, you know their need. He will do his will in them, just as he does in you. And their plight is not a surprise to him and neither is yours!