When Words Won’t Come

Sometimes, words just won’t come. The grief is too great. The loss too devastating.

Exhaustion consumes you but overwhelming need compels you forward. People demand your attention. Friends, family, doctors, strangers, insurance agents—they all want a piece of you.

Situations appear hopeless.

There are no words to describe the devastation that has become your life.

It’s at times like these that the promise of Romans 8:26 becomes more than a blessing. It becomes a necessity.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

“Wordless groans” describes the Holy Spirit’s prayer on our behalf but the phrase can also describe our own grief when words just won’t come.

Another way I communicate with God when words won’t come is through music. Music often lays my heart before God when I have no words. The lyrics of Third Day’s “Revelation” became the prayer that carried me through a long journey of grief. And now, years later, the lyrics of Mercy Me’s “Even If” express the depths of my heart during another journey that has much pain and no easy answers.

Everyone must deal with grief. It’s part of living. Thank God for the gift of music lyrics that articulate the prayers of our heart. But most of all, thank God for His Spirit who prays for us when words just won’t come.

If there are songs that you use as prayers, please share them in the comment box. If they help you, I know they will help others as well. Thanks so much!

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