Prayer is the key… even if the only word we use is ‘help!’
In our daily lives, and even more so, when we are in ‘the crucible’ of pain, we are often at a loss for words that express our struggle. That’s not a problem when praying. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans that it’s not the words that matter as much as it’s the desire of our heart to strive with God that is important; and He handles the rest. Paul writes, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Paul goes on to point out how important this is to the one whose faith is in God, because what we don’t know how to verbalize, the Spirit who ‘is harmony with God’ intercedes for us. He writes, “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will” (8:27).
Don’t let not knowing what to say hold you back; reach for Christ’s outstretched hand and let His Spirit do the rest!
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’” John 16:13-15
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church. He is the author of two devotional books, “From a Chair by the Window.” And “#PrayerWinsThe Day”.