We Should Pray

It’s Five Minute Friday! We write for five minutes and share our posts at Kate Motaung’s community. Today’s prompt is: should

Likewise the Spirit helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 KGV


Are you ever in the position of not knowing how to pray for a situation? You have great concerns but you don’t know what you should ask?

My husband and I are spending more time in prayer. Over the years we have prayed together for our family and our church—sporadically. I can say that we have never prayed enough.

Now we are retired. We have a devotional book of the Psalms that we read every morning and then we spend some time in prayer. We pray for our children and grandchildren, for my mother, brothers and sisters. We pray for people in our church. We pray for leaders in government.

Sometimes the situation is complex and we don’t know what should be done. It is a great comfort to raise the concern to the Lord, knowing that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us. //

Spending time in prayer provides a release of tension and I believe that the Holy Spirit gives us gentle nudges to point us in the right direction.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Philippians 4:6 MSG


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By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.


  1. Love this post, Carol.

    When I worked as a security contractor (read ‘mercenary’) my prayer was simple…please, God, don’t let me **** up.

    Now that I am terminally ill, I find I use the same prayer. Even in the midst of pain that literally drives me to my knees – and worse – still I am enjoined to do my best.

    Please, God, don’t let me **** up.

    #1 at FMF this week.


  2. Thank you, Carol! There are “should’s” that must be done! You said it well: “Spending time in prayer provides a release of tension and I believe that the Holy Spirit gives us gentle nudges to point us in the right direction.” Have a glorious weekend. Visiting from FMF #17.

  3. Carol, this is just what I needed to hear. Prayer is a supernatural work of God’s love. Thank you for the image of you and your husband praying for your family. So very touching. Your neighbor to the right at fmfparty. 🙂

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