Prayers for Women – At a Loss for Words
Most women have no trouble communicating. Studies indicate women speak twice as many words as men. So why do women sometimes have difficulty praying out loud, particularly in front of others? It would seem that conversing with God often leaves women at a loss for words.
While there is a willingness to pray, some women choose to remain silent allowing the “more eloquent” individuals to address God. God never values one person (or their prayer) above another. We are, however, given guidelines that guarantee any women’s prayer will be priceless before God.
- Express your love and appreciation for God’s power (Psalm 18:1–6). Begin by thanking God for things that are humanly impossible to provide (creation, peace, grace, the Holy Spirit, salvation).
- Make your “conversation” a joyful attitude towards others (1 John 4:7–8). A self-righteous attitude stops prayer dead in its tracks! It’s still gossip when you share the “juicy details” with others in the name of prayer. Pray with a compassionate heart and watch God breathe joy into your words.
- Trust God to hear every precious word you utter, allowing His peace to envelop you (Isaiah 26:3–4). Each prayer comes to life when we speak with assurance, free from worry, having peace that surpasses all human comprehension.
Prayers for Women – It’s Not About You
When we understand the importance of attitude, we can focus next on the priority of our prayers. By design, God gave women an abundance of emotions which they use to connect with people. While men are often methodical problem-solvers, women are relational caregivers. A woman’s prayer often centers upon how a situation relates to her. All emotions (and fluctuating hormones) place the emphasis on her need to establish or preserve relationships. By changing the “primary object” of any prayer, women tap into greater prayer effectiveness.
- Prayer requires patience as well as surrendering our rights (Hebrews 10:35–36). As women, it’s easy to become impatient — with family conflicts, broken friendships — even God. “Doesn’t God know how upset I am? I lack the composure to deal with all this.” Surrender your timeframe to Him, offering your patience as a prayer of trust.
- Pray specifically for the person who irritated you the most today. When we extend unmerited kindness to another it transforms two lives, not just yours. I guarantee you, at the end of the day your kind words and thoughts will free you from any “I wish I hadn’t . . .” guilt (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Men cannot fulfill God’s good purpose for them without the influence of women (1 Corinthians 11:11). Men face temptation and evil continually. Instead of praying after his bad behavior, pray before, seeking his protection and good wisdom from above. A woman’s tongue is only three inches long, but it can destroy or strengthen a full-grown man (James 3:5–6).
Prayers for Women – Structured or Non-Structured
Women utilize their time by multi-tasking. Yet we still struggle to find time to pray. Knowing that God is merciful, we hope that He’ll excuse us “just one more day.” Ultimately, we realize that, if we don’t take time to converse with God on a regular basis, our lives unravels quickly (illness, finances, separation). How then should we pray?
- Pray faithfully, seeking the Holy Spirit’s help (Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26). A few words spoken from the heart speak volumes. God is faithful as we depend on Him daily for answers.
- Choose a place of rest, free of distractions (Matthew 11:28–29). Through those tender moments of communication, we experience the gentleness of a Father-daughter relationship.
- Expect distractions, but practice self-control, remaining steadfast in prayer (1 Peter 1:13; 5:7–8). When we will to pray…God’s will is done!
When we follow these guidelines, our prayers will always be fruitful (Galatians 5:22–23).
God bless you.