Prayerfully Speaking

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When You Don’t Know What to Pray

A few months ago, my heart was burdened for someone I love so dearly. In the thick of my own emotions, I could not think of how to pray. Finally in the stillness of soaking in the tub, I told Jesus “I have no idea how to pray.” And He simply reminded me to pray His Word.

I had forgotten how much that helped me learn His will in the past. My counselor had suggested that I use the book Prayers That Avail Much by Germaine Copeland. Each prayer in the book is created from Scriptures that can be applied to a specific need or situation. In praying these prayers, I learned God’s heart and will. Knowing Him helped me communicate with Him. What a GIFT!

I started today with My Utmost for God’s Highest by Oswald Chambers ( Which referenced and was hyper-linked to John 3.  While reading the first two verses of the chapter, I found myself praying what I was reading. Wow! What a reminder that the Word of God is alive. When His spirit in me meets His word – a connection is made that I don’t have words for. It’s like His Spirit in me wakes up to the truth that I’m reading and says … oh Yes! Here I am, let’s talk.  I love that.

Here are three prayers that came to me from reading John 3:

1. Nicodemus told Jesus “we all know that God sent you to teach us”. Immediately my heart cried out to Him, “Lord, let this happen with my friend who is dedicated to teaching Your Word. Let people see her as your appointed teacher. And the same goes for me God. Use me to teach others about You.”

2. Jesus boldly replied with truth: “I tell you again, unless you are born again, you can not see the Kingdom of God.” And my heart responded to Him, “Let me be so purposeful, so bold, as to speak the truth the way Jesus did here. Help me to make my conversations with others about You and not about me.”

3. “God sent His son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” And my heart responded, “Wow, you were just teaching me this yesterday weren’t you. Your heart for me (for us) is love and rescue not anger and punishment.”

My heart today is share with you how reading His Word inspires our conversation with Him. You and I can find how to pray for others and how to connect with the reality of who God is by simply reading and knowing His word.  May He grow in me and you a passion for His Word and an ongoing intimate exchange of thoughts.


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.

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  1. Jennifer, I feel this way too sometimes. People often ask me to pray and I have had moment when I ask myself, “What should I pray for exactly?” In these moments I ask God to lead me what to say and I reflect back on scripture. I think about what God has said about the situation they’re going through and I pray God’s word and promises are fulfilled in their lives.