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When You Can't Pray
We know that God will answers our prayers
when we pray, but what about the times in our life when we are to numb
to pray? Does God’s grace penetrate our darkness to answer prayers
that would pray if we could?
Have you ever hurt so much you couldn’t
pray? In his book, When God Interrupts, M. Craig Barnes writes about
a time his pain paralyzed his prayer life. After thirty-six hours
of hard labor, his wife started hemorrhaging and the fetal monitor
alarm went off. Doctors and nurses swarmed into the room and Craig
was asked to leave. He resisted, but ultimately, he placed his family
in the hands of medical professionals and he walked into a cold, lonely
Time stood still, and Craig knew he
should pray, but he couldn’t. His fear was overwhelming–it looked
like he was about to lose his wife and his child.
But even when he couldn’t pray, his
fear turned to calm. Eventually the nurse walked in the room to tell
him all was well. In the book, Barnes wrote, “My fear of losing family
had become gratitude for receiving it back. When I held my daughter
for the first time, that gratitude turned into an overwhelming love.
I’ll never forget that moment when I met her and fell in love with her
at the same time.” (p. 36-37)
Romans 8:26 KJV “Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as
we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.”
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