Have you ever been so angry that you couldn’t even see straight? Or so sick you couldn’t think about getting well? Or so upset and crying everywhere, eyes bloodshot and slobber all over the place? Or so heartbroken that you can’t even eat, sleep, work, or get out of bed? Those are the times most often when people will say, “Girl, just pray about it.” And that’s great advice, but you CAN’T just pray about it.
It’s not that simple. I know…I visited that place way too many times. Pray? I couldn’t even think straight. I’ve noticed three things about myself when I can’t even pray: 1) I’m all “in my feelings,” 2) I’m so incredibly focused on the problem, and 3) my body starts acting up: either I have aches and pains, or I gain or lose weight.
So, what do I do then?
First, I learned to ask people I loved and trusted to pray for me. I knew that I needed it, but I wasn’t at the place to even focus on God enough to go to Him. Whatever my issue was, I felt it was swallowing me up.
Then, when I grew a little, just a little, I learned that sometimes just crying out to God was enough. So in anger or anguish, I would repeat, “Lord, Lord!”
That was the beginning.
Once I had that breakthrough of crying out to Him, during later trying times I learned that reading the Bible helps. I read Bible plans specific to whatever situation I’m going through. I have the Bible app called “YouVersion” on my phone and it has been an absolute Godsend. It has several different Bible plans specific to whatever situation I may be in. It’s really helped me get through my latest trial.
Finally, I learned to pray after reading that particular day of the Bible plan and now, most of the time, I can pray whenever I need to. But it took years to get to this place. It was by no means a quick process. And I have discovered why this has been such a challenging process for me: because while I did pray and I did study, I didn’t do it consistently enough to sustain me during times of crisis. I kept God close when it was convenient for me, so when I felt like I needed Him, I couldn’t find Him. Now I’m aware that I need Him all the time and I do my best not to take Him or my relationship with Him for granted. There were times when I had paid more consistent attention to a man, a job, making money, doing my hair, cleaning my house, gossiping, and having fun than I paid God. That’s ridiculous. And when I needed Him, although He was right there, I couldn’t find Him, and that was my fault.
So while I know well how you may not be able to pray sometimes, I encourage you to grow to the point where you are consistent with Him and can commune with Him during good times AND bad. (I’m still working on this, too.) Let’s strive to be aware of His presence in our lives all the time and get to the point where we welcome His will in every area, because He truly loves us the most and wants the very best for us.
Let’s learn to get out of “our feelings” no matter what is going on and go to the Source of all things good and the Solution of all our problems. I’ll be praying for you and with you….
Love & prayers,
Here are some scriptures that may help:
**”Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 [NIV]
**”Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 [NIV]
**”And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 [NLT]
**”That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 [NLT]