Thoughts on Prayer

By Dr. Burge Troxel, Senior Adults Pastor

Dr. Burge Troxel, Senior Adults Pastor

Don’t know how to pray?

Welcome to the club! God knew that we would need help in our praying and has made wonderful provisions to help us.

You see, we often feel inadequate in praying because we’re not sure of what to pray for or how to pray for it. We simply don’t know God’s Will. Romans 8:26a says:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for,

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with great concern and adjusts our prayers to be in harmony with God’s will. In this process He also guides our hearts to understand better what God’s will is.

Some years ago the Pastor of our church in another state implored us every week to pray that his dying wife be healed of her cancer. The congregation prayed for months for her healing, but to no avail. At her funeral there was much sadness and a sense of defeat on the part of the praying congregation. Many felt that it was their fault that the Pastor’s wife died since they admitted they didn’t really believe that she would be healed. Years later we learned that the wife knew that she was going to pass away and was hopeful that her faith even in the face of death would help her unsaved son-in-law to find Christ. Obviously we did not pray “according to God’s will” in that situation.

Here are some suggestions for applying the above passages in our praying:

  1. Realize that it is often very difficult to know exactly how to pray.
  2. Just pray persistently for people the best that you can.
  3. It is OK to conclude your prayer with, “not my will be Thine be done.”
  4. Trust the Holy Spirit to adjust your prayers to conform to the Will of God
  5. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit who will guide your will toward God’s will the more you pray for a specific request.