Prayer Struggles

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The following was written by Terry Snipes, a seminarian at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She graciously gave her permission to re-publish it on our Heart River Lutheran Church website and Facebook page. Prayer is indeed a gift that we receive from the Holy Spirit and offer back to God on behalf of ourselves, the church and all of creation. How do you struggle with prayer?   

Do you ever have struggles in prayer?
How to pray, what to pray?
Do you at times just sit in silence,
when words do not come to mind in prayer?
Do these moments of silence in prayer
Bring anxiety to your heart?

Be comforted in God’s grace.

Even in the times when you cannot express
Your prayers in words, God knows your heart.
You may find help in reading the Psalms as prayers.

Even Jesus’ disciples must have struggled in prayer,
Because Jesus taught His disciples about prayer –
“…when you pray, go into your inner room,
close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret,
and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Matthew 6:5-6
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Prayer continues to be a struggle for many.
Paul enlightened early Christians about prayer,
in the words –
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we should,
but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us

with groanings too deep for words;

and He who searches the hearts
knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27

Through the words in scripture, and the Peace
Of the Holy Spirit, we can always be sure
That God knows us, our needs, and our cries –
By this understanding,
Prayer becomes constant
in our relationship with God –
Through Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

+Peace in your prayers.