For When You Have No Words

For When You Don't Have Words to Pray

Sometimes when the night is long and sleep won’t come, mind and heart full of many fears and doubts, the words won’t come.  Sometimes the heaviness inside won’t allow itself to be formed into words.  Sometimes the pain cuts like a knife and the words are silenced before they can make a sound.

God knew there would be seasons of no words. 

And He gave us His Spirit. 

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

Oh dear one, don’t let the lack of words keep you from His love. He doesn’t expect or require eloquence. Aren’t you thankful?

When the darkness comes and the words won’t, know that the loving Father hears the groanings of your heart. His Spirit intercedes for you when your own words won’t come. And, the Spirit intercedes according to the will of God. He is faithful.

When the words won’t come, speak the name of Jesus. There is power in His Name!

When the words won’t come, pray the Psalms. Open your Bible, start reading the Psalms out loud. Cling to phrases that minister to your heart.

And remember, that even in the silence, He hears…He knows…He loves.

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Today, let this song — and the name of Jesus — wash over you, let Him intercede in the broken places for you. The name of the Lord is a strong tower! We can run to it and we are safe! 


Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm just a messed up mama in need of God's fresh new mercies daily. My husband and I live in beautiful East Tennessee with our 3 children. God has taken me on a journey through the valley of depression and is teaching me to pray the Scriptures as a result. I hope and pray that you will be encouraged whenever you stop by this little place on the web.

2 thoughts on “For When You Have No Words”

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I went through depression for years, and one of my best friends is suffering now. I was blown away by the tenderness with which you wrote these blogs and handled your challenges. Your faith honestly brought tears to my eyes. You have inspired me to be better, and I have to sincerely thank you for that. How do you keep your faith strong?

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