Prayer is our go-to when we are confused. Scared. Grieving. Happy or grateful. Talking with God is a blessing we should never take for granted.
But what do we do when we have no words? When the sorrow is too deep or the confusion is too thick and heavy about us.
“Please. Please, God, please, O please, O please.”
I’m sure you’ve been there at some point in your life, and if you haven’t yet, there will be many times in the future.
I’ve been afraid to pray the wrong thing. Too exhausted to form the words. So confused and consumed by doubt that I can’t seem to find what I mean to say.
It is in these times (and many others) that God prays for us.
God prays for us.
“We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we were…” Hebrews 4:15
Jesus knows what we feel and in those times when we don’t know how to express ourselves or when the human language we speak fails to encompass the pain or fear or loneliness, He steps in and says the words for us.
Maybe you feel this too, but I feel so sinful when I can’t pray. There must be something wrong with me. And how often I don’t pray because I wonder, in my ignorance, if I will pray for the wrong thing. Or say the wrong thing.
A week ago, I was so blessed by one of those sermons you hear that you just know was for you.
We were visiting another church for one Sunday and the pastor preached on this struggle with Romans 8:26-30.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26, 27
The Holy Spirit is the comforter and the convicter, but most importantly the conscious awareness of God. When we are ignorant about prayer — how to pray and what to pray — the Spirit intercedes.
I have read these verses many times before. But somehow, I missed the meaning.
The Holy Spirit is our helper, the one Jesus sent to be in us at all times — to guide us. The Spirit prays for us because God:
- knows we are weak and feeble.
- sees our weakness and understands.
- assists us in weakness and knows what we need.
Next time you can’t get words out or are afraid to muddle through them, remember that God gave you a helper for times just like these. And He is by your side interceding in ways more powerful and true than words.
“Let is therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
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