I find myself praying more. With everything going on the world, I find myself getting overwhelmed. I’m sure many people feel the same way. Rather than sit around and worry, I find that I need to take my concerns to the only One who can do anything about them.
There are times when I find myself frustrated in prayer. Many times I find myself praying for the same thing, almost a memorized prayer. The petitions I make are very real and often heavy on my heart, but the prayers often feel routine. Sometimes I stop in the middle of my prayers and wonder why I continue saying the same things. I know that my prayers are important to my God because He loves me, and I know He hears them. As His child, He knows my hopes, fears, and desires. Yet I know He does not want me to stop taking my concerns to Him. I know He does not consider it nagging, but rather a way to seek Him until His perfect answer and timing.
Sometimes I find it hard to say anything in prayer at all; a kind of prayer without words. This is where I find myself much of the time in 2020, because with so much going on in the world, I don’t know how to pray. It is during these wordless prayers that I feel God’s presence the most. There is a sense of surrender, peace, and knowing that God is in control of the situations in my life and in the world around me.
I am so thankful when everything around is in turmoil and uncertainty that we have a God who knows the outcome.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NASB) Your friend in Christ, Stephanie Rogge