If, like me, your words have run out, let the present pray for you:
“If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He [the Holy Spirit] does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves… and keeps us present before God.” (Romans 8:26-28 Msg)
Two things about these verses:
1. He knows us far better than we know ourselves…so there’s no point in either feeling ashamed by the whole truth of who we are or trying to hide it.
2. He keeps us present to God. The only distance between ourselves and God is what we put there. God is waiting at the edge of every absence, ready to welcome us back, happy to welcome us back.
As a lady at one of our church courses said, when you are struggling to pray: look at him look at you, and “Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!” (Paul Tillich)