When You Can’t Find The Words - The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo

When You Can’t Find the Words

Bible Blast: Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

“Dear God, um, like, I don’t really know how to, like, pray for this thing, so like, I guess, just, you know, do something. Like, change stuff and make it better and . . . and . . . um, Amen, I think.”

Have you ever prayed like that before? Sometimes when we have something really big to pray about, our words get jumbled up. I used to get that way, but not anymore because I’ve learned about a secret weapon God’s given us. Well, it’s not really a secret, but it’s so amazing and powerful, it’s like finding a buried treasure! Here it is: I can take Bible verses and turn them into prayers! And so can you!

Second Corinthians 10 talks about how the weapons Christians use to fight evil aren’t the same weapons the world uses. For instance, if a girl who doesn’t love Jesus gets hurt by someone, she may think the best way to handle that hurt is to hurt that person back and make her feel terrible for what she did. But if a Christian is hurt by someone, she can go to the Bible to find out what to do. Luke 6:27-28 says, “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” See? Christians’ weapons are totally different from the world’s weapons, and our weapons are more effective.

The Bible is one of the greatest weapons we have. Today’s focus verse even tells us that the Bible is a sword! The book of Hebrews says that God’s Word is alive and powerful. We know that God’s Word can show us what to do in tough situations, but did you know that his words are always the right thing to say when you pray? When I don’t really know what to pray or how to pray, I take God’s words and make them my prayers. If I was hurt by someone and wanted to use Luke’s writing to pray, I might say, “Dear Lord, you say to love my enemies. Help me love that girl who hurt me. I want to do good to her and bless her. Show me how.”

Isn’t that cool? Go ahead and give it a try.

Girl Gab: Mom, show your daughter how to use the concordance in the back of a Bible. Ask her which subject to look up and instruct her how to do it. For instance, if she says, “I’m having trouble waiting to find out where Dad’s new job is going to be,” look up the word patience in the concordance and help her find a Scripture that she can pray as she waits. Then let her help you find a Scripture to pray for something you’re dealing with right now.

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