My heart sank as I thought of the prospects that it wasn’t likely to happen. Carefully I explained that Grandpa was very sick and he probably wouldn’t get better.
“Well, I can still pray about it, can’t I?” was her reply. She knew exactly what she wanted to pray about — and that prayer was answered. He lived, with some disability for another five and a half years. She knew what words she wanted to pray and would not be convinced otherwise. I thought of the contrast between my shopping for something to wear to the funeral and her prayer request. And I felt ashamed. Where had my faith been?
The truth is that I don’t always know what to pray for. Romans 8:26 gives me encouragement. “In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words” (CEV).© 2002 - 2018, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.