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A Prayer for When You Don’t Know What to Pray - Your Daily Prayer - May 8, 2018

  • 2018 May 08

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A Prayer for When You Don’t Know What to Pray
By Jennifer O. White

Last week, I was at a loss for words when it came to praying for a friend. Have you been there?

Thankfully, Jesus knows exactly what to pray in these moments. He knew I didn't have words, so He gave me vision of how to pray. The person I wanted to pray for has more than one illness that affects his brain. The picture God gave me was of my hands holding this man's head and letting it soak in a pool of healing water.

The water represented God, the Healer and the living Water. (Jeremiah 2:13, 17:14; John 7:38)


Holding his head was a picture of intercession. It is reminiscent of the four men who carried their frail friend to see Jesus and even made a hole through the roof to get him in front of Jesus. (Luke 5:19) It is my simple role in the process of praying for him.

I believe God is able to use this prayer for His glory to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we know how to ask of Him. (Ephesians 3:20) He offered this prayer to me when I did not know what to ask of Him.

The mind of an intercessor is certainly in the battle. Satan may work to steal our words, but God triumphs over that scheme with a simple and powerful alternative. For me it was an image, what will it be for you? A song, a word, a Scripture, something else?

When you don’t know what to pray, ask God to give you an intercessory prayer. Ask Him to move and work. Here is a prayer you can pray when you just don’t know what to pray:

Lord God, I am at a loss for words. I’m not sure how to pray for this difficult situation, but I know you promise that you hear our prayers, so I want to try praying now. Please be our comfort, our support, our strength and our shield. Please help us overcome all that the enemy tries to throw our way. Help us depend on your and find great joy and peace from your presence. Thank you for always loving us and never leaving us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Editor’s Note: Portions of this have been excerpted from When You Don’t Know How to Pray by Jennifer O White. You can read her piece in full here


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