In this difficult time in our nation and world, it is indeed difficult to know where to start. As people of faith, prayer is always a pretty good place to start. But there is so much weighing on our hearts and minds, it may even be difficult to find words to pray. Romans 8:26 assures us that the Holy Spirit helps us in precisely moments like these, “for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Words may escape us, but sighs and tears abound.
Jesus tells us that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is present. Even in a community of similarly-justice-minded folks, these can feel like lonely times. It is as important as ever to gather with our community for worship, prayer, study, advocacy, service, and relationship. Even when we cannot be physically present with one another, we can join our hearts, minds, and spirits in prayer.
Will you commit to joining your siblings in Christ in praying for our community, our nation, and our world at 8:26 every day—a.m. and/or p.m.—through the end of September? Set your alarm on your phone or write it in your planner. With some folks praying in the morning and some in the evening, that is twice a day that we as a community are uniting ourselves in prayer. There is power in prayer—not the least of which is how God works to transform those of us doing the praying.
Will you join me in daily prayer at 8:26? When that alarm sounds, take a moment for prayer—however long or however brief, with words or with sighs too deep for words. Use those words of the apostle Paul to guide and ground you and know that you do not pray alone. We pray together and the Holy Spirit is interceding even now—especially now.