“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit, himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
Romans 8:26, NIV.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were speechless? I have. Just this morning I thought about my sweet friend, Kim Newlen who, three years ago went to be with The Lord. She, along with God created the Sweet Monday Ministry. Her daughter was married this past weekend, so it was a time of beautiful celebration. But, with mixed emotions, my thoughts were also on Kim, and all I could do was nod my head in her conspicuous absence. I’m sure many other people were feeling the same. Knowing our Great God and Comforter hears when words fail us, brings peace to an otherwise unsettled heart.
This writing may be more of a confession, but “formal” prayer does not come easily for me in any situation. Often my words are nothing other than “groans” when I speak to God. My brain seems to be running at such a high speed that my heart cannot catch up! Does this ever happen to you?
The Scripture in Romans continues in the next verse, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” [Verse 27] Oh glorious day! My brain on overload need not be a hindrance to the will of God. How reassuring. The next time you and I wonder, “what do I say?” let’s remember that conversation with God is not as much about us as it is the Spirit Who knows our heart and steps in for us. His words are gentle enough to soothe a broken heart and mighty enough to move mountains.