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A New Outlook on Prayer

When you can't find words to pray, try this Scripture.

By Natalie Perkins, New York, New York

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Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

I spoke to a friend about my struggles to pray, and she shared with me an experience she had when her mother was in the hospital, fighting cancer. Molly told me that every day she would go to the chapel in the hospital.

When she got there, however, she found herself too afraid to pray. She couldn’t find the words. She didn’t even want to say, “Thy will be done.” “What if God’s will was to take my mother?” she said to me.“I couldn’t pray for that.”

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Molly would sit there, with her hands folded tightly in front of her face and her eyes pressed shut, afraid to have a complete thought pass through her mind.

Then one day, she noticed an inscription in the chapel: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

“This,” Molly said, “was something I could pray. I would just repeat those words over and over.”

Hearing my friend’s story gave me fresh meaning for that Scripture and a new outlook on praying. I was trying to force a connection with God through a series of words. My pastor says, “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire to commune with God.” Since my soul desires, I only need to be still and allow the opportunity.

Lord, thank You for continuing to provide me with guidance that draws me nearer to You.