“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.”
How many times have we set time aside to pray and after about 5 to 10 minutes, we’re repeating ourselves or we have nothing else to say? I often feel weak or worn out when I pray. I don’t have the stamina or the strength.
God longs for our weakness. He is there when we are weary. When we feel distant and defeated, He responds with closeness and compassion.
In our weakness, He is strength. Paul reminds us of Christ’s dependence on God and our deliverance, “Although He was crucified in weakness, He now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with Him and will have God’s power.”
In our weariness, He is rest. Weary? Worried? Worn out? God tells the prophet Jeremiah, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
In our inadequacy, He is more than adequate. “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”
In our praying, He is our prayer warrior, our prayer partner, and our prayer Advocate. Many will criticize and condemn, but Jesus communes with God for us in interceding prayer. Paul writes, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
God, in His role as Holy Spirit prays for us. He petitions God with prayerful groans that cannot be expressed with words. He pours over us with sensitivity, sympathy and supplication. He is never weak or weary in His intercession.
It’s often easier to tell others how to pray for us than actually praying ourselves. Try this. Ask God to pray for you today and let Him know your challenges and concerns. Then, take a brief moment to thank Him for praying for you.
He is there and He is in prayer.