When You Don’t Know What to Pray

I’m a note-taker and a scribbler, so the pages of my favorite Bible are highlighted in yellow, underlined in pencil, and inscribed with various colors of pen, but my favorite and most meaningful markings are four sets of initials lightly penciled beside select verses.  These are my four sons’ initials, and they draw my eyes toward words of prayer from the mouths of Old Testament kings and prophets.  They bring to mind prayer requests from the pens of New Testament apostles.  They are reminders that there can be more to my prayer life than my own tired words rolling mechanically from my lips.
From the time my eldest son was born, I have “collected” Scriptural prayers for my boys, and as I have been reading in the book of II Thessalonians, I have encountered four prayers from the heart of the Apostle Paul in Corinth on behalf of his spiritual children in far-away Thessalonica.  Now with my “baby” at age thirteen, my oldest married and a dad, and the middle guys busier than ever, I find that my prayers, like Paul’s, need to come from a place of longing to see them, but, at the same time, trusting the sovereign protection of their Heavenly Father.  Because my prayers (like me) tend to be weighted down with anxiety and a bit short-sighted, I love to soar with the wings of these scriptural prayers for my boys:
Today I’m visiting over at Soli Deo Gloria, a community where the welcome sign is always out.  Click here to finish reading about Paul’s prayers for his spiritual children in Thessalonica — words that have shaped my own prayer life — and while you are there, be sure to take note of the many topics covered by other writers who speak truth from the Word of God.

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11 thoughts on “When You Don’t Know What to Pray”

  1. I LOVE this idea! I’m in the habit of snapping screen shots of Bible verses and sending them my girls, but I love the idea of writing their initials in my Bible next to verses I want to claim for them :).

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  2. Hello Michelle, thank you for this post. I’m not married yet, so I do not use my ‘kids’ initials rather I mark scriptures I pray for them with the letter C. I’m really blessed by the scriptures you shared over at SDG.
    Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing with us at #EncourageMeLinkup
    Have a great week ahead.

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  3. Michele – what a neat idea! 🙂 I’m going to start doing this in my own Bible, and maybe use my husband’s initial, too, for areas to pray for him. Thanks for sharing with us over at Grace and Truth last week!
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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