There have been several times that I haven’t known what to pray. These have been the times that I was lost for words about what to pray either for myself or loved ones.
If there is any part of the bible that sums up God’s power working through us in prayer to accomplish His purposes and do His will it is these verses.
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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
It seems that the times that I do struggle to find the words in prayer are the times that I deeply afflicted. These are the instances in which I can recall my “wordless groans”, and when it is even too difficult to articulate the pain we feel God is there to give us the words to say.
If there has been any main idea or key theme during this #write31days prayer series, it is that God accesses our hearts through prayer and does some of His most major transformative power during that time.
He imparts His will in our hearts for us to pray.
We have a tendency to separate God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit into three separate people in our minds sometimes. Yes they are three different entities, but they are all God in His various forms.
To know this is makes me fall in love with God even more, how much He loves us to give us access to Himself in THREE different ways! I actually just had a discussion with my bible study group on a similar idea. Jesus came to do His father’s will (sacrifice himself here on earth) but told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would be even better than having him on earth.
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7
This advocate and helper is God inside of us praying what He wills us to pray, praying what He reveals to us and imparts His words on our lips! We also have a tendency to view God as physically distant (he is in heaven and I am here) but in reality He lives inside of us!
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
This is why we don’t need to worry about the words we say because God is constantly revealing himself to us and giving us the words to say (or even groans to make) There have also been times in prayer that I just say “Please God please” or “Jesus”.
“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard
I think this is what I love so much about prayer, is that it less about me and more about Him. It takes off the pressure to be perfect (speaking as a recovering perfectionist and people pleaser) We seek God for God, and not for the blessings He provides. That would be like someone using you or talking to you only because of what you can do for them instead of focusing on building a deeper relationship.
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
How does this verse relate to the verse in Romans 8? How can the truth in this verse change our perspective during prayer?