Most of my prayers are brief and to the point. “Give me courage, God!” or “Please heal my friend.” I exhale a prayer of relief whenever a flight returns to smooth air after heavy turbulence. “Thank you that our plane did not crash.” I pray for victims of earth-quakes and floods, and for people fleeing wars they did not choose: “God, help them.” And I find my-self praying daily after reading the news: “Christ, have mercy.”
When my prayers seem lacking, I take comfort in the words of the Apostle Paul: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).
This message is an excerpt from “Closer to God” by Audrey West in the July/August 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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