“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
There are those moments, as the above verse reminds us, when we don’t know what to pray, or even have the ability put words to our needs, to frame our feelings in sentences and all we are left with are groans. Yes prayer is a “hotline” to heaven, a resource to bring Heaven’s power to bear on our needs. But what about when we can’t even pray? It is at those moments the Holy Spirit enters into the process and offers our prayers for us. He frames our cries in words that are fit for God’s ears. He offers prayers that fully capture our heartache. What blessing!
But let’s take this to a higher level, our God is so gracious to hear us and answer our prayers that we have never really prayed. The Holy Spirit has even done the praying for us. God so wants to have intimate fellowship with us, He is so eager to hear our requests and so eager to answer prayer that He can’t wait for us to turn our heart toward Him. He is so desirous of us, that He will even complete the process of prayer for us. What blessing!
So, if He is so anxious to hear from you, make sure you do. He is waiting. What blessing!
We all have watched in horror at the devastation in Japan. A massive earthquake, whole cities being washed away by a tsunami and then the unthinkable of nuclear reactors melting down. At moments like this we are at a loss for words and at a loss for peace. Graciously God caused my mind to flash back to some words found in Psalm 46 – allow me to share them with you.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains
be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”
(Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV)
Did you catch the part about the earth being moved and the oceans roaring? Sounds like this is just what we need. To remember that in spite of it all and whatever happens God is our refuge. We can and must trust Him. Trust begins with prayer and praise. Maybe these events can serve as wake-up call for us to get on our knees before our God and renew our trust and dependence on Him.
The next to last verse of this Psalm tells us that after we have acknowledged His place and power we must do as He commands…
“Be still and know that I am God”
He is, He has been and He ever will be God. For that I am thankful and in that I trust.
PS: The above is part of my current Bible Teaching series at Mount Calvary, hope you can join us in person or online for this study.
Tonight at 2:00 a.m. the governement of the United States has decreed that all clocks shall be moved forward by one hour. This is to allow more daylight in the evening hours. For today I asked on One Daily Question if folks were a fan of daylight savings time, and as usually the vote is split.
But my vote is no, I must confess I have never been a fan of daylight savings time. For in reality were are not getting more daylight, time is not changing we are just all agreeing to change our schedules!
Really only God controls time, He started the clock ticking and He will keep it wound. There is a verse that I think of when I think of time:
“My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15)
This reminds me that the events, length and path of my life are in His control, right there in His all powerful hands. Hands that have never made a mistake, never slipped or grown weary. He is involved in this second and the next second and the minute after that. I want to lift my voice in praise of the God I love and serve, and then relax in His care. Why don’t you do the same – isn’t it about time you did?