“How can I pray for you?”
It’s a genuine, loving question, but so often I don’t know how to respond. Sometimes I have something specific that is easy to articulate like I’ve been sick, or my job is difficult, or someone I love has died. But more often than not, the longing, fear or pain deep within me is beyond descriptive words, and I just sheepishly smile and shrug, uttering, “Just pray.”
I find such comfort in Paul’s words to us in Romans 8:26, “…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.” The Holy Spirit interceder is always at work in prayer, and especially I think, when we are praying for one another.
On Sunday evening, June 30, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Restoration will host a night of Silent Soaking Prayer in the Fellowship Hall. It’s an opportunity to enter into a quiet, restful space where you can be still and prayerful before the Lord.
If you’ve never been to an evening like this, you’ll notice the lowered lights and soft, instrumental music in the background. There will be chairs set-up around the room in addition to mats and blankets on the floor. You can sit wherever is comfortable. You may want to bring your Bible or a journal. And if it’s helpful, you may write your confidential prayer requests on a note card we will provide and set beside you. Four or five prayer ministers will circulate the room, praying silently for individuals.
To feel the presence of another near you, praying for you, but not be distracted by their audible words has been an incredibly holy experience for me. Instead of trying to understand what they were praying and if they really understood my needs, I was, instead, able to open my heart and ears to what the Lord was saying to me in the depths of my soul. It’s healing and restorative.
I hope you’ll consider coming,