I wrote the following post before COVID-19 was an issue. How much more real this is today, when we feel helpless in the face of suffering, unable to even extend a hug…
If I’m honest, “just praying” makes me feel helpless. The frustration and despair in my heart when I’m told all I can do to help is pray reveals something I don’t like to admit:
I don’t always feel like praying accomplishes anything. I don’t always believe prayer makes enough of a difference.
Maybe this is because prayer isn’t tangible.
We don’t usually see prayer taking effect with results that are immediate, visible, or predictable.
Sometimes, just praying feels like taking the easy way out of helping someone. (Even if there isn’t anything we can do!)
Do you feel any of this, too?
Does hearing “all you can do is pray” make you feel a rush of guilt and helplessness?
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