Half-pint, Laura Ingalls’s, tells her mother in an episode of Little House on the Prairie that she has an essay to write for school, but that the words just won’t come out. She explains to her mama that she has words in her head, but that she can’t get them onto the paper.
I know the feeling!
Sometimes, I just can’t figure out a way to get what I’m thinking onto the paper, or even to develop them into a spoken sentence, which definitely affects my prayer life. There are days when I don’t even know what to ask of the Lord. Sometimes the problem I’m facing is so difficult that I’m overwhelmed with feelings and I can’t sort through them enough to pick words to describe them. Or the problem is so chronic that I’ve prayed about it a million times and now I’m out of words.
When this happens, I feel frustrated and a little discouraged. But then I remember that when words are shy, the Holy Spirit is there to intercede for us (Romans 8:26-27). He finds words for us and arbitrates on our behalf. We don’t have to be eloquent or lofty. We just need to continue to pray and share our hearts with God. He hears us and His Spirit pleads for us. That’s a great comfort to me today because it’s one of those days where I just can’t find the words.