(Romans 8:26) “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
There are times when I just don’t know what I should pray. I’ve been in situations and circumstances when I am at a loss for expressing words to the Lord. I’ve had times when sadness overwhelms to the point where I couldn’t even express myself to God. Have you been there before? In the context of this verse, Paul, a man bound in a Roman prison is describing suffering, faith and hope. We patiently wait for the Lord to deliver his creation from suffering. We don’t see that hope. We don’t always know how to express ourselves in the light of the hope we don’t see. As we go through the suffering, we aren’t always sure what our prayer should be. Sometimes we just don’t know.
But just as the Lord gives us hope to help us patiently wade through our sufferings, He also provides an Intercessor on our behalf. Our fear doesn’t stop the movement of God. Our doubts don’t stop the sure workings of His mercy. Our loss for words never keeps the God of the Word silent. The fervency of God on our behalf goes beyond anything we could ever imagine. The expression of God to Himself on our behalf defies comprehension. In the loneliness of our suffering, when we can’t even mouth the words to express the sadness, the Holy Spirit is there to express those things our humanity can’t.
Renewed Thought – Even when the suffering makes it impossible to pray, God makes it sure that prayer is never impossible.