Trying to carry this world on our own shoulders was NEVER God’s intention. What Jesus calls us to is hitting our knees i prayer. Just like He did! If you need knee pads, now is your time to grab them because the most important thing you can be doing is hitting your knees in prayer!
How often in Scripture do we see Christ running to God in prayer? Constantly!
So why do I sometimes leave this to my last resort? (Do you ever do this?) It’s truly ironic because I love to pray. I feel like I pray about everything and everyone, but sometimes leave myself out.
When someone tells me about an issue, I almost always ask if they’ve prayed about it or stop right there and pray for them. I love lifting others up in prayer because I know it’s something I can do any time, any place and any where. Prayer truly is one of the most precious and valuable things we can do for our family, friends and friends we haven’t met yet (aka everyone else in the world).
But much like taking care of myself when I’m sick, I don’t always immediately take my problems to God in prayer. Well, I go through waves….sometimes I have that constant prayer thing down and other times, I feel like I have a literal wall up in the front of my mind and I just can’t break through it to pray. That wall has been there lately.
When that happens, I feel stuck and lost. BUT there is something simple to do when I feel that wall come up and you can do it too:
Feeling blocked? Maybe it’s spiritual warfare and confusion is trying to take over. Whatever it is, God knows and he just wants us to share with Him that we need his help! Prayers don’t have to be long and wordy. They can be as simple as saying, “Help! I can’t even think to pray right now. I feel like I’m being blocked.”
Don’t have the words? Call out for help anyway, the Holy Spirit will bring your groanings to the Lord.
Overwhelmed emotionally? Ask for help against the emotional waves, He will calm that emotional storm even if He doesn’t calm the physical storm.
Don’t know how to engage lovingly in the “culture war” issues? Ask for wisdom on how to live out God’s word in a loving way and for the Holy Spirit to guide your words.
Struggling because a relationship has fallen apart? Ask for God to soften your heart as well as theirs and to bring about an opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Riddled with health concerns? Ask the healer of all to bring healing in whatever form He wills.
Overcome by the direction our country is heading? Ask for a revival of hearts and that you will stand up courageously to be a part of it.
Don’t understand why this is happening? Ask to remain faithful amidst the chaos and confusion.
When prayer isn’t working? Keep hitting your knees in prayer anyway! Don’t give up. Remember, God’s timing is different than ours AND we don’t always understand His will in our lives and how the struggles we are facing now, will bring Him glory.
Never give up! Keep hitting your knees in prayer! Trust that God is good and holy and omnipotent AND cares for you!
Jesus says whatever we pray in His name that will bring God glory will be given to us!
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
– Jesus (John 14:13-14)
Lord, you know our hearts and know our hearts need constant molding to become more of how you want us to be. When we don’t have the words, remind us to just call on your name and never give up in trusting in your powerful ways!
Hitting your knees, standing tall with arms raised, or however you choose to pray, just keep praying.
Whatever you are going through, take it to the Lord. He will provide you with the answers. It may not be today or tomorrow or 5 years from know, but He will. He may not answer your prayer the way you have been pleading but you can trust He will provide the best answer. It may be a no, yes, or wait. One thing you can be guaranteed of is that whatever you ask in Jesus name will be given. Again, it may look differently than you anticipated but God knows best and does what is best for His children. He loves to give good gifts and answering prayers is one way He does that!
What prayer are you currently waiting on to be answered?
How can we pray for you today?
Since we are on the topic of praying, May 5 is the National Day of prayer.
We encourage you to stand together with your brothers and sisters in Christ and hold our nation and all the nations of the world up in prayer. If you can, gather together with others. Find out what events will be held in your city or put one together. We can never pray enough for our leaders.
Learn more about the National Day of Prayer.