If you’ve been following my blog lately, you know that I have been spending a lot of time with the book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray. Today, Bonnie’s day 8 post (of her 21 Days of Rest) gives some guidelines for “5 Ways to Pray When You’re Too Stressed.” I think this is something many of us will be able to relate to. We’ve prayed for patience; we’ve prayed for an end to our stressful situation; we’ve prayed for answers; we’ve prayed for our sad, wounded, angry, or fearful feelings to go away. Perhaps, at this point, we should consider praying for rest or maybe we could try resting in prayer.
Bonnie shares, “God is showing me prayer is an intimate soul conversation to be loved and known, rather than a spiritual transaction to be made better.” When she began having panic attacks, she said she “knew how to pray to be competent and strong. But I didn’t know there were deeper, [more] beautiful prayers for broken me.” On her journey to healing, Bonnie began making room for rest rather than ignoring her wounded and exhausted self. When you think you cannot go on another step as is, remember these words from Jesus:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
1. When you are overwhelmed, simply whisper His name.
2. When you don’t have words to pray, rest knowing Jesus is praying for you.
3. When you are too stressed to pray, take care of you.
4. When you are numb and don’t want to pray, invite Jesus into your world.
5. When you’re too exhausted to pray, stop, and rest.
There is no situation you are in or no place where you find yourself where Jesus’ presence cannot reach you.
I hope one of these soulful ways to pray speaks to you where you are today. If you’d like to read more on these methods, check out an extension of Bonnie’s post, which appears on Margaret Feinberg’s blog. She is giving away three free copies of Finding Spiritual Whitespace. For a chance to win, leave a comment on her blog post. You’ll also find links to other articles on prayer by various blog writers there.