Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I need words...

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” –Romans 8:26,27

We live in a fallen world that is far from the way it should be. All creation groans as it waits to be made whole again. We groan too, as we wait for the day when we shall be with God again in a place where we were meant to be. In the meantime, we wait, and as we wait we pray. Often the suffering and pain we witness and experience in this world is too much for us, and the words fail us. How should we pray? What is God’s will for this situation? What should we ask for? What words will suffice to help a given situation?

We can rest in the fact that the Spirit of God Himself is with us and prays for us in our insufficiency. He takes the words, and silences, and molds the prayers we need to utter. It is not just the intersession we offer for others though. He prays for us. We suffer in a waiting room now, but we a safe in knowing the future that awaits us. As God Himself prays for us, and circumstances in our world are molded for our good, we know nothing can take us away from Him.

“Let us not grow weary in doing good.” Let us not cease to pray because we lack the words or wisdom to know how to pray. God desires our prayers and the work of prayer is not dependant on us. Remain faithful in doing that which God desires, rest in the knowledge that God will bring the results that He desires.

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