Weekly Writings

 

A Prayer For Those Who Don’t Know How To Pray
By Josh Moyers

March 27, 2020

There are times when I don’t know what to pray or how to pray, and I believe I am in good company. The loss of a loved one, heart break, the fear of happenings around the world, the fear of the unknown, financial ruin, sickness and pain: all of these have the potential to put us in a place of emptiness and desperation mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I’m sure many of you have spent time listening to the news to get the latest from FOX or CNN. Many of you have scoured FACEBOOK or other forms of social media to see what your friends are saying. We look for what others say are ways to stay healthy. We look for what others say what we should do in the midst of COVID-19. I wonder if we should at times, when we don’t know what to pray or how to pray, look at the prayers of those who have gone before us.

I believe it was J.I. Packer who wrote that a good Christian book is one that points the reader back to God’s Word. I agree with Packer and would add that a good Christian prayer is one that points the listener/reader back to God’s Word. May I recommend a prayer from a Puritan brother. May this prayer be one that encourages you and directs your attention to the goodness of God. May this prayer be one that ignites a desire to read God’s Word and may God speak to you clearly in your times of need.
 

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“A MIDDAY PRAYER FOR PERSPECTIVE” – (Robert Parker 1564-1614)

Show me how to love the Word, that my bold love for you would increase. Remind me that the fashions of the world pass away, and their momentary glory will vanish into emptiness and nothing.

Draw my heart to you and set my mind on things that will last forever. Help me love you fiercely, and cleave to you with a perfect heart. May nothing here satisfy my soul.

Protect me through the rest of this day, that I may fall into no temptation, and no danger of soul or body, for the sake of Jesus Christ my blessed Redeemer. AMEN.

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2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV) – 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT) – 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[a] in harmony with God’s own will.

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