Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

Praying Through Our Tears

I’ve had a week straight out of Romans 8:26: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” There are times the heart hurts so much it is mute.

Even so, I can still offer God what I have: my tears.

I can ask him to use my tears to water the seed of my faith, so that I grow closer to Christ instead of drawing away.

I can ask him to use my tears for good: to wash away someone else’s suffering.

I can ask him to unite my tears to those that Jesus cried (John 11:25), to make me more like him.

And finally, when suffering silences me, I can trust that the Lord will ask others to pray for me and my family and all who are hurting.

Do take a moment each day to pray for those who cannot pray. It’s a little thing, but it may be the very thing they need.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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I have had those days when I could not pray, when I was mourning the death of my daughter Lori, and I know that many people were lifting me up before God. I'm so thankful the Holy Spirit petitions for me.

I've just come from a farewell lunch for my dear priest and his wife. They are the most remarkable people of faith and love.We have worked together for the past 14 1/2 years and have become close friends. They are moving north, as he is the Bishop-elect of NJ. I love what Julia writes about praying through our tears as it hits home for me today especially. My heart is hurting for our loss here yet I know that the people of NJ will be blessed by their new Bishop's vision and ministry. Thank you for reminding me to give God my tears.

Please pray that my prostate cancer has not come back. If it has , please be able to treat it sucessfully.

Stephen,
by the stripes of Jesus you are healed. your body is cleansed of all cancer cells. He is changing your blood and renewing it. like Naaman's skin that was cleansed of all leprosy, your body cells are back to normal in Jesus name.

Just love Julia Attaway! I will pray for you and your family.

please pray for the healing of my intestinal issues, that they go away and I'll be healed soon

Lord Jesus ,i pray for Claudia and ask you to heal her out of her pain and intestinal problems.please touch her right now and help in everything she does.thank you for listening to this prayer.in Jesus name i pray,amen

Oh, I am so sorry that you are in such despair. Through your tears you speak eloquently of a strong and abiding faith. As a community of God's children, we all pray for each other, especially in such times. May God bless you with continued strength.

Much needed prayer for my family!!!

I will pray for you and your family. And I will add to my prayer list all those who God knows need prayers and that He provides what they need.

Prayers to you and your family