I have sat staring at this blank computer screen for quite some time this morning. I have other things to do today. There is much to accomplish. But I have to get this blog written and scheduled for posting before I can comfortably move on.
“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Still waiting for inspiration…..
Well, what do you know — H. Jackson Brown (Junior) — you may be right!
Thinking about not knowing what to say reminded me of one the most important promises found in scripture.
Romans 8:26 – 27 NCV
26 Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. 27 God can see what is in people’s hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.
If we as disciples are living in tune with God’s Holy Spirit — we have the promise that writer’s block in prayer is not something to panic about. He knows. He understands. He interprets those groans and moans of the inner man so that they appear before God’s throne as the most eloquent of prayers and petitions.
I remember hearing the testimony of one of my faith heroes. She talked about the death of her husband. They were still very young and had not been married very long. Icy roads — a terrible crash — everyone walked away….. except…..
She told of sitting at the bedside in the hospital knowing that life meant probably existing as only a vegetable or at best one extremely handicapped. Death meant separation before life together had really gotten a good start.
How do you pray? You don’t. You cry and lean into God. You lean into Romans 8 and know that He will do what is best. He will do what brings Him the most glory.
Romans 8:28 (The Message)
That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
What has you speechless before God? Are you facing the spiritual version of writer’s block in your prayers?
Romans 8:28 – 32 (The Living Bible)
28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.
29 For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers. 30 And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us “not guilty,” filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.
31 What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?
Inspiration will follow.