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Finding the Words

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Can you believe that it’s almost Christmas?? We are only 13 days away! It’s crazy how easy it is to lose ourselves among the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season. One thing that I have been trying to do is spend less time worrying, and more time in prayer.

Individual prayer is such an integral part of our spiritual lives because it allows us to have a vulnerable conversation with God. It’s a time where we can say what we need to; asking for anything and thanking God for all that we have. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.”

How comforting and beautiful is it to know that God hears our prayers? Every. Single. One. God is listening to our cheers of joy and our cries of lament. While the truth that God is listening is reassuring, has anyone else tried to pray and just couldn’t figure out what to say?

I just read the book, Help, Thanks, Wow, by Anne Lamott. In the book, she says, “Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence… It is us reaching out to be heard, hoping to be found by light and warmth in the world, instead of darkness and cold.” Anne explains that when you “tell the truth,” you are close to God, inviting us to pray exactly the words on our hearts.

The words within us do not need to be profoundly poetic, or even complete sentences. They can be as simple as, “God, thank you for creating flowers. They bring me joy,” or, “Please help me be more patient,” or maybe it’s a deep sigh that is followed by a few tears. Anything you pray is a prayer and God is listening.

Along with God hearing the words of our prayers, God also hears our prayers every way we pray them. Do you journal your prayers? Read from a prayer book? Take time for silent, prayerful meditation? Set an alarm during the day to take a second to talk to God? We are met in these precious moments of prayer and held in the arms of the one who has created us.

Let us pray together:

Holy Listener,

Thank You for you for your unending grace. Help us move beyond the hurdles that lie before us and give us the strength and wisdom to see the hope we have in Christ.


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