Monday, August 18, 2014

At a Loss for Words

What do you do when your heart is full but you can't put your feelings into words? As a writer I sometimes struggle with this problem. Since I'm not an author of novels or longer nonfiction works it doesn't become a particularly stressful issue for me unless I feel compelled to write or am facing a publication deadline. When I do suffer writer's block a simple journal entry and a good cup of coffee will usually relieve the urge to write when inspiration is elusive and the words just won't come. I know that when God has something he wants to convey through my writing he will let me know and give me the words needed at just the right time.

What do you do, though, when you really need to pray about something but you can't work through the hurt, fear, or anger you feel?  When your thoughts are so overshadowed by stress and circumstances that you can't gain a proper perspective or clearly articulate the burden you carry in your heart?  It helps to be reminded that "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" (Romans 8:26, NASB).

We serve a God who created us in his own image (Genesis 1:26) and fully understands the complexities of the human heart (1 John 3:20).  Jesus himself agonized in prayer, so that his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Clearly he understands the burdens of your heart! Even though you cannot find the words to express them, simply uttering his name, Jesus, hearkens his ear to the desperate cries of your heart. There is more power in the name of Jesus than in all the words in all the dictionaries that have ever been written.

When you call on Jesus all things are possible!

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