This morning I did not know what to pray for. I prayed for many of the same things I have been praying for lately, and observed many of the same sights. A dozen cats roaming around outside my neighbor’s house. A teenage girl texting as she walked to school. Empty cigarette boxes on the ground, and a beer can lobbed over the high school’s chain link perimeter fence. Parents dropping off kids at the curb. Mothers walking elementary school students to school.
What do you pray when you don’t know what to pray for? I’m sure God doesn’t mind hearing the same prayers over and over again. As parents love to hear from their children, God loves to hear from us. Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication. Today I had “Who is this King of Glory” by Third Day stuck in my head. It’s a hymn of adoration, based on Psalm 24:8-10, “Who is this King of Glory…the Lord strong and mighty…the Lord Almighty…he is the King of Glory.” Today I confessed how often as a blogger, I point my readers to myself (or Dave Ramsey or Money Saving Mom…) instead of to Christ. I thanked God for the great feedback we’ve received from the high school kids about Monday night’s club. I asked God to continue to provide the funds that keep us from going on reduced salary.
If you don’t know what to pray for, or feel that your prayers are repetitive, you don’t need to worry. Romans 8:26-27 tells us that “The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches our hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Your prayers need not be fancy, inspirational, or unique every day. God knows your heart, and he will answer your prayers according to his perfect will.