I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am so overwhelmed by emotion (grief, fear, happiness, anger, ect.) that words fail me. I don’t know what to say, let alone pray, in those situations.  

If you’ve ever felt like me, here are a few verses to turn to:

For when you need guidance: “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your path.” Psalm 25:4

For when you are fearful: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 21:1

For when you have sinned: “Have mercy on me O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out all my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1-2

For when you need God’s protection: “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” Psalm 61:2-3

For when you face temptation:“Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, so that I take part in wicked deeds.” Psalm 141:4

For when you need to feel God’s greatness: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 1:18-20

There may be times that we don’t need words. At that point take comfort in knowing the Holy Spirit will intercede for you:

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:12

Above all God knows your heart. He knows exactly what you need, even when youdon’t have the words.