Silent Prayers

Silent Prayers

written by Ashley September 21, 2019

I don’t know about you, but this week has just been one of those weeks. Every week, I sit down to write
articles or to journal my God moments and usually have no issues. But what happens in the weeks when I
simply just don’t have the words? When I just don’t know how to shake this spiritual lull I’m in?

Silent Prayers

I have sat hours staring at a blank sheet of paper this week. Or found myself reading a scripture over and
over hoping that this time it will make sense. Or, maybe it won’t. Maybe it will just lead me to the next
scripture to really get my thoughts twisted and even more confused. I am not one to usually throw myself a pity party, but why can I not come up with the words that are on my heart? I know they are there. I know what I am passionate about. I know the ones that need prayers around me. But still, I sit in silence.

A quiet and stillness so real that I can hear myself breathing in and out. Feeling like I am getting ready to
become very frustrated because I still haven’t figured out what I am supposed to be saying.
But then, I inhale again involuntarily and exhale. And that’s just it! That is my prayer. That is the reminder I need that no matter what is going on in my life or others lives, we must be reminded from time to time to just be.

“The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close
to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18

Women try to become the person God never intend on them being. Constantly worrying about the next thing to do or place to be. Forgetting that sometimes, we just need to be right where we are. Even if it is in the midst of silence with absolutely nothing to say. No words to mutter. Sometimes God just needs you to be. Be in the moment. Be quiet and reminded that sometimes inhaling and exhaling is simply enough. And believe it or not, it is okay when we have nothing to say. He still is
listening to our hearts through the silence.

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. Romans 8:26.

Sisters, we do not always have to know the words to say. Just like sitting with a grieving friend, no words are necessary, just be present. Be present in the presence of God. Open the gates around your heart and let God in. Allow God to transform your silence into words of praise. And remember….it is okay, to just be. Hang on sister, this too shall pass.

Read also: Okay to not be okay

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