Sometimes, during times of great uncertainty and stress, I have found myself unable to pray--my words just seemed to be inadequate for the circumstances. Instead, the words of songs such as "Kyrie Elieson/I Call to You" (Jeff Johnson) and other songs became my prayers----prayer songs.
Such was the case when my son was in a dangerous place not so long ago
and, despite a few times of great fear, I was quite aware of God's peace and those prayers being answered.
Now as our family faces this new and frightening situation (exposure to asbestos), I find myself praying for what seems to be hours at a time and my prayers have changed. No longer are they prayer songs, but now they are prayers lifted directly from the the Bible; verses which keep flowing into my mind with little to no effort on my part, mixed with a few of my own heart's cries. As was the case above, these are being added to by the prayers of believing friends and family.
Already God has answered some of these pleas for help and guidance, but the fight is-at this point-a daily one and I have times when I find myself literally shaking with fear and unable to eat or sleep well. Sometimes peace is no longer a given and I feel totally dependant on God for it.
And though I would never have chosen to be in this situation, I am very conscious that God seems to be using it to build my faith, trust and dependance on Him.
God is good---ALL the time.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 KJV
"Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." Zechariah 4:6 KJV
"'For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek Me." Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT (© 2003 Ilumina Software, Tyndale House Publishers)
Photo taken in the Columbia River Gorge area years ago in winter.