Praying in a time of pandemic…

I came across this image the other day. It made me laugh, but it also struck a chord:

That’s sometimes how prayer feels in times of trauma and crisis. Like, you know it’s in there, you know you want to bring your sins and griefs to Jesus, but you don’t have the ability to form the words or make coherent thoughts.

So how do you pray, when you’re too upset to pray? Or when you’re struggling to find the words?

Well, this is where the Bible comes in. You see, Scripture is full of prayer. There are the Psalms – which, while they are technically the song book of Ancient Israel, function beautifully as prayers. Why not turn to them, when you can’t find your own words?

Or you can go to this article, to find prayers in the New Testament.

Or, if you want something incredibly simple, why not print this image, and post it where you’ll be able to see it while you’re having your morning coffee (or other quiet time in your daily routine)…notice that some of these short prayers come from the Psalms!:

Prayer is necessary to the life of faith, friends, but sometimes it is difficult to pray. If you find you can’t do it on your own, reach out to a friend or your elder (or me!) and ask for help. We are in this together!

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep on praying in whatever way you are able. And trust that God hears each prayer!

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