When You Don’t Know What Else to Do, Pray

May 21, 2013 | Tags: ,

Cross of Christ

In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

-Romans 8:26

As I watch the devastation from the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness and despair. I do not have any personal ties to this city, but I cannot help but be moved profoundly by what happened yesterday. And I am crying as I watch the pictures and see the news stories. I feel for those involved because of a heart that Jesus gave me. In some ways, I feel paralyzed, like I can do nothing when so much needs to be done. But then God reminded me–Courtney, you can pray.

So that is what I’ve been doing. I prayed last night as I watched for the first time what had happened. I prayed again before I went to bed. I prayed this morning during my quiet time. I prayed again just a few minutes before writing this devotional. And every time I pray, I feel a deeper sense of hope for the people there and for those whom God will bring to help.

I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that God is in control. This tornado did not take Him by surprise. He already saw it, and He already prepared the fullest measure of His grace and presence in the midst of it. He sees from heaven what we can only see partially here on earth. He sees all the good things that will come out of this–good things that have eternal implications. He sees the glory to His Son, Jesus Christ.

This is what prayer does. It aligns our thoughts and will with the will of God. It takes what only we can see and turns it into what God sees from heaven. Prayer turns hopelessness into hope, despair into promise, and devastation into the eternal weight of God’s glory. When we don’t know what else to do, we should pray. We should never underestimate the power of our prayers.

Thank God today for the power of prayer, and allow Him to shape your prayers today for those who need Him. Allow Him to shape you through them. No matter what we go through, God is still in control. And He is still Love.

By Courtney Silberman

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