Inspirational Prayers—help with prayer in difficult times
Living in seasons of grief, loss, and difficulty can feel like wordless times when it comes to prayer. Where do you start? What is there to say? Yet in spite of the wordlessness of the season, grief can feel like a sacred space in life. We are fully present to the moment, and all of life is seen through the eyes of loss.
I like how Macrina Wiederkehr says it in A Tree Full of Angels, “We are absent from life far too much. Sorrow makes it impossible for us to be absent, and so, blesses us with real presence. In the midst of our sorrows, distractions fall away, and we are there, raw and open, often confused, always vulnerable, little and great. (p. 36)”
For myself, even though I found it impossible to be absent from life, I also found it impossible to come up with words to pray. I tried a form of Christian meditation called Centering prayer. It is a wordless form of prayer that can be very calming. But I remember telling someone that learning Centering prayer when in grief is like starting marathon training with a broken leg. I just couldn't get my mind to stop wondering without some guidance.
Online Prayer Requests
is a place where you can make prayer requests or read and pray for other requests.
Communicating with God
is an article about what it means to pray. There are also some great prayer quotes and poems on the page.
is a list of inspirational prayers that you can use when you have no words to pray for yourself or others.
Praying Our Goodbyes
talks about Joyce Rupp’s book and provides a prayer that you can use for when a loved one has died.
Prayers for Grief
has a couple of the Psalms of Lament from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying.
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