Finding the Words
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
~ Hebrews 4:14
Have you ever been stumped for words when you were trying to pray? You want to pray, but the words just won't come. Perhaps you think up some old prayer that you know by memory and say that; or perhaps you just stumble around, trying not to feel frustrated. These things happen to everyone who tries to pray from the heart.
God loves it when we pray from our hearts. He loves us and when we open ourselves to him with our deepest and most unguarded thoughts and feelings, He notices and comes to us. But if we aren't even making sense to ourselves, how can we make sense to Him?
The Bible quote above is taken from the book of Hebrews, which was written for — you guessed it — the Hebrews, to explain to them about Jesus. Judaism had priests, from the tribe of Levi, who would offer prayers and sacrifices on behalf of people, groups of people, or the whole nation. So the Jews asked, “If we accept this Jesus, who will our priests be?” The answer is that Jesus is our high priest. We do not have to say a word, because He knows exactly what to pray. The Holy Spirit is in us and knows every single thing about us. So if you are at a loss for words in prayer, all you have to do is ask Jesus to pray for you; or, you can ask the Holy Spirit to pray for you — they aren't jealous of each other!
If the prayer is in your heart, God will find the words for you. He isn't praying to Himself, don't worry; He is using the grace He gave you, when you were reborn in Christ, to help you transmit your prayer. So if you are ever at a loss for words, concentrate on your prayer and don't worry about the words. God would rather have your heart than your speech.
Lord God, hear my prayer, even if I cannot say exactly what I mean. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer