“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. 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.” – Romans 8:26-27
She was in anguish, with her loved one in the hospital bed beside her. “Pastor, I don’t even know what to pray for!” Sometimes we don’t know what to pray for because the situation is just too difficult for us to comprehend.
Or sometimes we are too weak to pray because we don’t know what God has planned for our good. In life we experience all kinds of adversity and accidents. We struggle to understand how these things can be beneficial when they smash into us and mess up our lives. In difficult times, it’s hard to know how God is working all things out for our good.
Sometimes we don’t know what to pray for because we don’t know the situation in the lives of others, and what they need. So we don’t pray for them.
But the Holy Spirit knows. He knows all things, perfectly. And so when you and I don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit actually prays in our place. Yes, God himself prays the prayer that we don’t know – couldn’t know.
What an amazingly gracious God we serve! Not only did he save us eternally, but he even steps into our shoes in day-to-day life situations, praying for us according to his will! Thank you, God, for helping us in our weakness!
Prayer: O Holy Spirit, continue to pray for me. Amen.