What an interesting journey this 31 Days has been so far! Before October 1st, I brainstormed topics and settled on 31 Days of Prayer for the Hurting.
I thought, “Lots of people are hurting, lots of people need prayer, this should make it easy to write every day.” Little did I know the challenge ahead.
Knowing that blogging daily would still be a challenge, I plotted out topics to talk about every day of the week and then thought through some potential focuses for each day. I decided to stay flexible about choosing the specific topic, but this way I had ideas ready to go in case I felt stuck.
My careful planning really only got me about 5 days in and then things started happening.
How do I explain…
Some of the topics I’d selected were far removed from me. I either didn’t know anyone too personally who struggled with a particular pain or I hadn’t run across the issue in a while.
One interesting outcome, showing me God is at work, is that I started finding the people who were suffering with areas of pain I had on my list. Yesterday’s post, When Scarred By Abuse, is the most striking, since I didn’t even know that Jen or her blog existed until starting this 31 day journey.
I had a mini-meltdown (as I’m choosing to call it) yesterday, which is leading me to a future post; but I’m not quite ready to tackle that just yet.
So today is a recovery day.
Time for a brief break from my prayers.
But the Holy Spirit is constantly in prayer for you before the throne of God.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts 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
in this silent space,
make your silent supplication;
when the words fail you,
let the Holy Spirit intercede
for the pain that goes so deep.
Today is Day 18 of 31 Days of Prayer for the Hurting.