How many times have you turned your heart towards Yahweh, wanting to pray, and found there were no words? Burdens press, anxieties loom, tiredness lurks; so much in life can conspire to create the blockage. The inability to find words to pray is not a failure on your part, nor is it a modern problem. Throughout the generations, those who love to pray have encountered it, and we always find it troubling. So, is there an answer?
David wrote, “…all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.” [Psalm 38:9] Although this statement is part of a long prayer, it still held a relevant message for me. In those times when there are no words, all my desire is still before Him and my anxious [or over-stressed or chaotic] heart is not hidden, so perhaps words are unnecessary. St. Augustine, a theologian and philosopher of the 4th century, wrote, “To Him who is everywhere, men come, not by travelling, but by loving.” As a trusting child will sometimes snuggle into the lap of a parent, or curl up beside them in a chair, not to talk, but simply to be there, so can we be with our heavenly Father; come by loving.
The briefest of prayers can access the heart of Yahweh and bring heavenly response. Peter cried, “Lord, save me!” when the sea roared boisterously around him [Matthew 14:30]. The woman with the sick child begged, “Lord, help me.” [Matthew 15:25]. The psalmist entreated, “Let Thine hand help me...” [119:173]. Then there are the times of no prayer but a simple statement of the trouble, “My servant lies at home paralysed…” [Matthew 8:6] and even less than this, just a thought, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.” [Matthew 9:21]. Such simple messages from the heart help us to ‘come by loving’ to our Father, and when all our desire is before Him, He hears and responds. Amy Carmichael wrote, “Often…there will not be time for more than a very little prayer – a thought, a touch, a feeling, a cry – but it is enough; so tender, so near, is the love of [Yahshua].”
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