BY CATHERINE HART WEBER
licensed therapist and director of the Flourish Center for Wellbeing
God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
Romans 8:27 MSG
During amazing and difficult times, we pray our deepest heartfelt prayers—those things we think about a lot, don’t talk about much, but feel and embody intensely. These simple, constant prayers of the mind, heart and spirit go beyond sustaining, Christ-forming prayers and liturgy.
Sometimes we just need endurance, healing, belief, hope or gratitude. When there are no words, or only a few, the Holy Spirit helps us. Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Thank You. Please help. Heal. Save. Guide. Come, Lord Jesus. Your Will be done. Your kingdom come. Then we quietly rest in the presence of God, aiming at union with Him and being restored by Jesus. We listen for the still, small voice of love, assuring us: Be still. Don’t be afraid. Live in Me. I am with you always. You are loved. I am your Shepherd. I’ve got this. I will make a way. I will complete the good work I have begun.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
What are the deep prayers stirring in your mind, heart and spirit?
As you rest and listen, how is God speaking assurance to your soul?
Take this soul restoration you receive with you into your day.
FOURSQUARE PARTNERS // iRELAND CROSSROADS
We recently started supporting a work in Ireland led by Tim & Kristina O’Toole. The heart of the O’Toole’s ministry is to come alongside to serve the people of Galway through their volunteer initiative: Serve the City Galway. By reaching out to their community through acts of kindness, they are able to show God’s love in practical ways – with no strings attached.
Along with serving practically, Tim and Kristina are also using their passion, training, and experience to disciple other disciple-making Christians and to train Irish Believers to plant and pastor Irish churches. “The love of Christ gave me to the Irish, to serve them humbly and sincerely for my entire lifetime, if I am found worthy.” - Saint Patrick
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray for Tim & Kristina as they love on their Irish neighbors by being the light and caring for needs.
Pray for leaders as they are discipling locals to be future church planters.
Pray for their kids, Elijah & Maddy, as they serve alongside their mom and dad.