If You Don’t Know What to Say

I didn’t know what to say.

My friend was slow coming to her door last week. When she finally opened the door, I could tell she was distressed.

She shared briefly what was going on, but she was too exhausted to explain it all. I asked if we could pray for her, and she said of course.

But what could I say? There she sat in pain in her wheelchair with more needs than resources. And I was supposed to offer what?

I didn’t want to promise something I couldn’t give.

When we don’t have words to pray—for whatever the reason—we can always pray this. . .

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If you don't know what to say


I’m writing today at Do Not Depart. Will you join me there to see words that are always safe to say?

One thought on “If You Don’t Know What to Say

  1. Barbara Harper

    That passage is one I often pray for myself and loved ones, as is Colossians 1:9-11. If I were to pray something from Scripture with someone else, it might be what we call “the Lord’s prayer.” That has the advantage to be familiar enough to many people that they can follow along. When I am praying it for myself, I sometimes stop at the end of most of the phrases and expand on them a bit. I don’t know if I have ever prayed this aloud with anyone, but if I am not sure whether the person I am praying for knows the Lord, I like to pray Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

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