“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.”
There are moments we can speak openly from deep within our hearts in our prayers to God when it’s as if we are so overcome with weariness that our words can’t match what is going on in our thoughts. These times may be confusing for us, not knowing what to do. We don’t know what to pray but, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words.
Consider these words from John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, whose godliness, knowledge of the Scriptures, and powerful preaching were well-known to all who knew him.
“May I but speak my own experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of praying to God as I ought; it is enough to make you . . . entertain strange thoughts of me. For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, I find it so reluctant to go to God, and when it is with Him, so reluctant to stay with Him, that many times I am forced in my prayers; first to beg God that He would take my heart, and set it on Himself in Christ, and when it is there, that He would keep it there.In fact, many times I know not what to pray for, I am so blind, nor how to pray, I am so ignorant; only (blessed be grace) the Spirit helps our infirmities.”
How thankful we are that Jesus “sent the Comforter” (John 14:16), the “Helper”, The Holy Spirit who helps our infirmities.
THANK YOU GOD that You have provided everything to help us in our times of spiritual unspeakedness. Thank You God that You always provide a refuge in the storm. As we learn to trust You more in these times. Help us Holy Spirit to meditate on Your truth in the matters of our lives.
In Jesus name, amen