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What If You Can't Pray?

Romans 8:26-28 (KJV)

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 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.


As a pastor, I have sometimes heard members of the church say, “I can’t even pray anymore.” When people are depressed or physically run down or overwhelmed by grief, they can sometimes find it impossible to pray.

Perhaps you’ve had times in your life when you simply did not have the strength to pray. If so, don’t worry. God loves you, and he knows exactly how you feel; he understands why you can’t pray. He knows what’s happening in your life.

What’s more, as Paul writes in Romans 8, “The Spirit [of God] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.” And in the same chapter we read that “Christ Jesus . . . is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). So our Lord and God, who loves us, has us covered. When we can’t pray, the Holy Ghost and the Lord Jesus are praying for us. Don’t be afraid to admit that you can’t pray. Ask a family member or friend to pray with you or for you, even if it’s on the phone. During the past year, on several occasions, I have prayed with someone who has found it difficult or even impossible to pray. Sometimes the Holy Ghost may even use us to pray for people who cannot pray.

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