Not all prayers are spoken

Sometimes words won’t come when trying to talk to God or we feel so overwhelmed we can’t even find the words. Sometimes we’ve spent all day communicating verbally and we don’t want to use words to pray. Perhaps you’ve signed up for a prayer vigil and are wondering how to pray for half an hour or an hour. There are various forms of silent prayer, but something I’ve begun experimenting with recently is colouring prayers.

Ironically, with all the online communicating I’ve been doing since lockdown, I’ve found formulating any sort of spoken prayer a chore. Our loving God understands that, but I want to come before God because I want to be in God’s presence, not because I feel I have to be. Colouring prayer has helped me do that at the end of a busy day with far too much keyboard time. You don’t have to be a great artist as the above illustration shows! You’ll see that I select a Bible verse and write an address for God in the middle of the page. I then effectively draw/doodle the things on my heart that I wish to offer to God, each stroke of the pen effectively being my prayer for the people and situations.

A less pictorial version of colouring prayers is to select colours which represent your moods and draw more abstractedly with swirls, shapes, scribbles even, whatever represents the feelings you want to offer to God, be that praise, thanksgiving, regret or something you’d like help with. God knows our hearts and really doesn’t need our words. It’s our attitude in seeking God that matters.

You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27)

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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