Romans 8:26-27.           “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.”

Prayer isn’t my strong suit I must confess. I hear people talk about dedicated prayer times that last a minimum of an hour and then feel guilty because I give myself mental hi-gives if I pray for fifteen minutes. It’s not that I dislike prayer; it’s just that I talk to God like I go my best friend. It’s frequent, short, direct contact; I say what I feel, what needs to be said and then I’m done. I often wonder what others say as they stay on their knees for hours. Thankfully today’s verse makes me feel less guilty about the duration of my prayers. 

The apostle Paul was an eloquent man who had a physical encounter with the Holy Spirit on the road to Damascus. You would think someone like that shouldn’t have any issues with prayer but even he took comfort in the fact that the Holy Spirit could be counted on to intercede in prayer on his behalf 

Douglas Moo (The Epistle to the Romans [Eerdmans], p. 526) summarizes Paul’s thought in these verses:

Paul is saying … that our failure to know God’s will and consequent inability to petition God specifically and assuredly is met by God’s Spirit, who himself expresses to God those intercessory petitions that perfectly match the will of God. When we do not know what to pray for—yes, even when we pray for things that are not best for us—we need not despair, for we can depend on the Spirit’s ministry of perfect intercession “on our behalf.”

When it’s tough to find the words just present your heart and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

Think About This 

Do you spend time repeating the same words or stuttering out your prayers? Trust the Holy Spirit to translate for you 


Dear Lord, You know my heart, the Spirit speaks truth for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen


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