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What To Say When You Have No Words

Often-times, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, we find ourselves in a bit of an emotional and mental blur. We recognize we have feelings and thoughts, but seem unable to express them either in a verbal or written manner.

Lately, I have found myself in this exact place. The last article I wrote was entitled “In the Stillness”. I have been living there, digging deeper and deeper into God’s word, seeking His clarity in my life. I still don’t have it all together, but matters that were once blurry have started coming back into focus.

In my last post, I spoke about remaining still while you wait for God to do His work in you, and in this post, I want to encourage you during that stillness.

There are many times when my heart is overwhelmed, and I don’t know what to say to God when I pray, to my husband when he asks me what’s going through my head, or a friend when they notice a slight pull-away from normalcy. It’s during this time that I wondered what to say when I have no words.

Romans 8:26 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” This is where I have found myself many times in the past month- well, year- okay, years! We don’t have to have it all together in order to come to God in prayer. We can sit in the presence of our Father in compete silence, or simply utter the “groanings” of our heart, as the Bible puts it, that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf.

The next 2 verses in Romans 8 go on to say “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

When we are in direct communication with God, we aren’t required to have words. When we are in daily communion with the Father, He will not only know what we are trying to say, but He will align our desires to His will.

Remember the story of when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness? How did He combat the devil’s attacks? He spoke the truth of Scripture! He was tired, hungry, weak, and just as much human as you and I, yet His first response was to speak Scripture! The only way we as believers will be able to respond in the same way, is if scripture is a priority and consistent component of our lives. When this takes precedence, it is like the Bible says in Matthew 10:20- “For it is not you who will be speaking–it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

So, my answer to “What do you say when you have no words?” is nothing. Say nothing at all. Let the Holy Spirit intercede on your behalf and you will begin to experience a voice within you, and words spoken through you, that you know are not your own!

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