And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Romans 8:26 NLT
I wish I was good at prayer. I try. I’m committed to it . . . but, sometimes the comfort level is just not there. Often, when it comes to prayer, we falter in our confidence and competence. Am I good enough to come before Him with my struggles? And, do I have anything to say to God that He doesn’t already know?
The mastery of prayer can be a mystery. J. Oswald Sanders wrote, “Mastering the art of prayer, like any other art, will take time, and the amount of time we allocate to it will be the true measure of our conception of its importance.”
Our dialogue with God must come from a dependence and devotion, not a duty. We need Him and want Him. And, we need His inspiration and input in our daily walk.
God Grieves In Our Hurt. Jesus has overcome our oppositions and promises peace in our problems. He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV). His awareness of our struggles appropriates needed strength and stamina. Peter reminds us, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Pet 5:10 NIV)
God Gives Us Help. Paul tells us that “we don’t know what God wants us to pray for”. (Rom 8:26 NLT). William Culbertson reminds us that “God’s answers are wiser than our prayers”. In His wisdom, God provides a way. Paul assures us that “the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words”. (Rom 8:26 NLT) When we don’t know what to say . . . for whatever reason . . . but, the Spirit does. He partners with our prayers. He intercedes in spite of our inadequacies. He communicates our deepest concerns. When we sit there not able to find the words to say . . . the Holy Spirit finds them, forms them and fills God’s ears with the exact expressions of our heart.
God Guarantees Our Hope. Leonard Ravenhill tells us we pray because our “soul is hungry for God”. It is a hunger that is satisfied and sustained by the hope we have in Christ. Paul writes, “. . . we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory . . . We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children . . . We were given this hope when we were saved.” (Rom 8:23-25 NLT). God knows the hope He has given us. It moves us. It motivates us. It melts away our fears and failures. John reminds us, “All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.” (1 John 3:3 NIV)
Hurting? He will send you a Helper.
Lost? He will be your Guide.
Confused? He will give you clarity.
Afraid? He will be your courage.
Don’t know what to say or how to pray? He is already praying for you.
You have a partner is prayer Who is powerful and perfect. Be assured that God’s Spirit is praying for you, today.