Lord, I don’t know what to pray!

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. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28

Breast cancer, fall, cracked head, staples, bleeding in the brain, pneumonia, bowel obstruction … this week!

God! What more can my mother take?

I don’t know what to pray. Take her?

I don’t think she wants me to pray for her healing. She wants to be with Daddy.

She’s tired, Lord.

STOP THIS TORTURE!! That’s what I’m thinking. It seems irreverant. But, Father, that is my cry. But do I dare?

I don’t know what to pray.

Wisdom, Father. Your perfect wisdom. That’s my prayer.

Thank You.

Take her, if that’s Your will. But, nevertheless, please, relieve her suffering.

Relieve my brother’s suffering, my family’s suffering.

God, have mercy!

Thank You that the Spirit is praying for us and interceding for us.

We don’t know what to pray.

My prayer

Father, there are so many people who feel like they are being tortured. Please lift them up. Let them feel Your precious presence in their lives. Oh Holy Spirit, thank You for praying for us when we don’t know what to pray. You sustain us when we feel the bottom falling out from us. Oh, Lord my God, Holy are You. I adore You. You will keep my mother in Your presence forevermore.

Has God used a nuisance to make a difference?



Keith and I enjoyed a Country & Western concert recently. It was a “bring-your-own-chairs and Easy-Up” gathering on the green at the base of our San Jacinto Mountains.

Clapping to the music, I looked over at Keith’s feet, raised up off the grass.

“Ants! Are you about ready [to leave]?”

“Well, why don’t you move?”

“No, I’ll be alright.”

A few songs later, Keith moves his chair to the right of me, and squeezes next to a man we don’t know.

No ants. Just great music.

The man next to Keith places his hands on the arms of the chair, pushes up and falls back. Keith reaches out to catch him and cushions his fall. I jump up and run over, while Keith is still propping him up. Together, Keith pushes, and I slowly pull the 200+ pound man to his feet while his family looks on.

Ants, a little nuisance moved Keith to a different place, a place that probably saved this stranger from injury.

How many times has God used a nuisance or greater to get us to move?

but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; Galations 4:13

God used a nuisance to prompt Paul to preach the Gospel to the Galations the first time.

Think about the nuisances in your life.

  • Has God used them to help someone else?
  • What have you learned from the nuisances in your life?

My prayer:

Father, teach us to look at the nuisances in our lives as redirections toward Your perfect path for our lives and others’. Thank You for using us even when we resist the nuisances. We love You Lord.