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How to Pray when you don't know How to Pray

Prayer is a spiritual discipline we simply can’t live without.

Through prayer, we express our adoration and affection to God. We make requests or petitions to God. We confess our brokenness to God and ask for forgiveness. We thank God for His presence and work in our life.

Through prayer we learn to make our home in Christ no matter what situation we’re facing.

How To Pray When You Don’t Know What To Pray

Prayer is one of the most common vehicles God uses to transform us. At times we may be tempted to think that prayer changes God, but more often prayer changes us as our desires our aligned with God’s will.

#LiveWonderstruck Check out this amazing Bible study by Margaret FeinbergWe dove into the wonder of prayer this week during the online Summer Bible Study at (It’s not too late to join us! Learn how to jump in, here).

As Leif and I transition to Utah, we’re both being reminded of the importance of prayer. Of leaning into God with every concern, every fear, every breath.

Some days, to be honest, I can’t find the words to pray. So I pray letters:

L. P. H. E. 

Those the letters I pray when I don’t know what to pray. Why?

Because if you rearrange them, they spell HELP.

The disorganized letters are my way of saying to God, I can’t even find the solid ground to speak from.

H. L. P. E. 

I don’t know which way to go. I don’t even know the syllables to utter.

P. L. E. H. 

But in this place I’m crying out to you to make sense of it all. To hold us together. To be our Shepherd.

E. H. P. L. 

To empower us to live like we have a Shepherd (Psalm 23).

It’s my way of praying grace and strength and peace and comfort in a time when our lives our in transition–and I’m still hunting for my favorite pair of winter gloves.

We’re digging deep into God through our prayers and petitions, and we want to know one thing from you:

How can we pray for you during this season? 

What is a tactic you use when you don’t know how to pray?

What is one area of your life or person that you’ve given up praying for?


We’re taking a week off from our Summer Bible Study—enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations! Join us back at on Monday, July 11th as we begin Week 5: The Wonder of Friendship during the online Summer Bible Study.

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