What to Pray When There’s Nothing to Say 

Abby Kelly  – Republished – 6/22/2015

“And Jesus … said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” John 11:41

One of the most puzzling aspects of internalizing and living out the truth of Christ’s finished work on the cross is how to pray. I mean, if it’s all been done, if He’s already working things out for my good, if He already knows my need and He’s already accomplished what concerns me, what’s left to say?

Recently, I asked God this as I sat with an open journal and Bible, and an empty mind.

God’s response delighted me. He harkened back to a recent experience with my niece, Kylie, as we cuddled together watching one of her favorite movies.

“Darling, you have wondered what is left to ask in prayer if all was accomplished at the cross. If you and I are united now, you are my child, if all my plans are for your good—what to pray?

Remember how Kylie, nestled in your arms, still peppered you with questions and comments about the movie? It’s not as if, for one second, you had forgotten her or neglected her needs. In fact, you were incredibly aware of her—intimately, exquisitely blessed by her presence. Her choice to sit in your lap, her communion with you filled your heart to bursting. You loved her whispered chatter. The fact that she cuddled close wrapped in the pajamas you’d given her and hugging the stuffed elephant you’d bought for her, made you all the happier.

It’s like that. I take delight in your running commentary, questions, and the expression of your love. Your words will rarely change my plans and they cannot deepen or dilute my love for you, but they bring me great joy.” 


About Abby Kelly: 

I have been writing non-fiction and inspirational writing for over 15 years, with a drought in my twenties due to health reasons and discouragement. I know that I was created to write, and in whatever capacity God reveals, I want to use it to expand His kingdom.  

My story is that of a girl from the “perfect” family who dances a long, slow duet with anorexia. Finally, in the wake of those dark days, God used the strength, patience, and humility I gained through that pain to save my marriage. I am here to learn, to share, and hopefully to find a clear direction for God’s plan to use my writing for His glory. 

Abby’s book about her fight against anorexia.  https://www.amazon.com/The-Predatory-Lies-Anorexia-Survivors-ebook/dp/B00HFGMBJA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393941888&sr=8-1&keywords=predatory+lies 

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