Prayerfully Speaking

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When You Don’t Know What to Pray

what do i pray?

There are times when confusion, doubt, shock or maybe sadness leaves you unsure of how to pray.

 what do i pray?

Power in the Name of Jesus

When you can’t put two words together, you can cry out the name of Jesus. At the mention of His name, every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord. Every knee  includes your heart and feelings. It also includes the enemy of your soul, your body, and your mind.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Is there a conflict that seems unsolvable? Is there a sickness that seems to serve a death sentence to your life or your dreams? Is it hard to imagine a day when joy returns?

There is no One with the power that Jesus has. He holds the power to heal, to reconcile, to restore, to renew, to turn little into plenty, to ______________ (insert your current situation).

There is none like You, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is great in might. Jeremiah 10:6

Eyes of Faith to Hear His Name & See His Power

We can nurture the tiny morsel of faith we have in Jesus. We can use our mind to see Him as one who comes to heal our hearts and nurture us in our time of need.

When I don’t have words to pray for someone, I picture Jesus sitting next to them. I see Him wrapping a bandage around their need. I start to speak His name while I watch Him apply the bandage. I begin to remember that He is our Wonderful Counselor. I say His name and remember that He is in charge of all the wealth of Heaven. I say His name again and I remember that He has a loving, nurturing heart for me and the person who is in need. I say His name and recall that He sits at the right hand of God asking for His perfect will to be released for the one I am praying.

I say His name and remember:

  • God is Love
  • God is near
  • He has the desire to intervene
  • He is able to do more than I can ask or imagine in this situation.

Confidence in Him Brings Peace

When you and I renew our confidence in Who He is, we relax a bit. We exhale and remember He is able. We exhale again and remember He can guide our prayers. We exhale and ask Him to show us how to pray. We wait for guidance. We praise Him while we wait. We read His Word to refresh our minds of His greatness.

As we draw near to God, He draws near to us. (James 4:8)

And we pray.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

 What has been your experience in speaking the name of Jesus?

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

3 Replies

  1. felicia

    Thank you Jennifer for this word of encouragement. It gives me strength and more confident in Jesus name.

  2. Sheila Miller

    What a beautiful way to pray for the sick, wounded and dying. I found this in my promotion file and forgot I had signed up for your blog post. Gid brought them to me today as I have a precious friend , Barbara, who needs prayer for a stroke at age 49. My heart aches to know she has niw been moved to a nursing home. But, she will be a living and loving presence of God in whatever location she is placed in. She knows God’s goodness, grace and over and shares it with the residents there daily.

    1. Oh Shelia, I can’t imagine what your friend is going through. But I do have a sweet friend, Joanne, who is living proof that God is able to do MORE than we can ask or imagine after a stroke. I’d be happy to connect you with her on FB if you’d like.