I’m a Word Whizzle fanatic. It’s a puzzle game I play on my phone when I’m waiting somewhere. The goal is to find the words made by adjacent tiles. The trick is, there are often words in the tiles that don’t fit in the category, yet those are the words I keep finding. Or I lock into part of a word that fits, but I can’t complete it. Often my frustration gets in the way of my problem-solving, and I have to close the app and do something else. But, delightfully, once I’ve shaken the improper words out of my head, I can open the app again and, suddenly, the correct words are clear and obvious.

It’s a lot like prayer.

I bring a problem to God (usually after wasting time trying to solve it myself), a problem that has me so jumbled that I can’t find the right words. And yet, even as I ask for His help, I think I can tell God what He needs to do for me to address the problem. Then I get lost in the maze of my own thoughts and desires, and I can’t see the answers He’s trying to give me. It’s only when I remember to shut down my clamoring thoughts and listen to God, mind clear and refreshed, that I hear Him completely, that I see His will for me, that I can rejoice in the solutions with which He blesses me.

Sometimes, I can’t get clear enough to hear Him by myself. That’s when I turn to the prayer warriors in my life and ask them to pray with me and for me, when I borrow from their strength until the Holy Spirit can renew mine. Together, we pray. Together, we seek answers. Together, we discern God’s love and will.

Our lives are filled with challenges on every level. Let us approach these problems with clear heads and open minds, directed by God. He doesn’t need our answers. He needs our trust, devotion, and love. He needs us to come together in prayer, unity, and service. Let us embrace His answers with joy, and be eager to put those answers into practice in our lives and in the world.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7