I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
New International Version
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. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.
"We have been living through unprecedented times." I believe I have heard that said about everything from health issues to political issues many times in the past few weeks. The next news story has me gasping for breath. As a Christian I find that prayer is often all I can do when faced with another horrific event. Just as often my reaction is a loss for words adequate to the task. That's when this scripture from Roman gives me comfort and strength.
Many times we are faced with a dilemma that defies our ability to communicate. I go to God and just find no adequate language to tell God what I'm feeling. That's when I can be still and quiet in the presence of the Lord, knowing that the Holy Spirit will intercede for me, molding my emotions and thoughts into a form of communication that God understands. Even MY wordless groans are translated by the Spirit.
No problem is too big for our awesome God. Even when it seems we can't imagine what to do or what to say, the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf. We may not know how this all works or even what to ask of God, but the Holy Spirit goes into overdrive and shouts our fears and our needs in God's ears. On days when I've reached the end of my rope and even the knot I tied is slipping, I can depend on these words of Scripture to carry me through. This is news I can use. How about you?
Pray with me: Lord, when I don't know what to say, I will ask the Holy Spirit to speak for me. Thank you for that promise. Amen.