Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Spirit Helps us to Pray

26Likewise 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. 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:26-28 (KJV) 

This morning as I went to my usual place to pray I found my mind was crowded with all the thoughts which seemed to be vying for attention.  Can you relate to this?  Surely you know the unsettling feeling of having so much on your mind that you don’t know where to begin in terms of sorting them all out.  I recall when I was a boy a friend of mine came to my house with a deck of cards and said he wanted to teach me a new card game.  “The game is called 52 card pick-up.” He said.  He then threw the entire deck in the air, and as the cards flew everywhere he rolled on the floor laughing.  “Very funny.” I said.  Trying to gather up all those cards is a little like how we feel some mornings when we try to pray.  Everything is jumbled, confused, and not making much sense. 

When we feel ourselves overwhelmed with the struggles of life we can easily have trouble concentrating on our prayers.  The Lord understands perfectly, which is why one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to help us to pray.  The Spirit of God comes alongside us during those dark and troubled moments and empowers us to focus on the Lord.  Even when we feel we are not able to focus or concentrate the Holy Spirit will literally do the praying for us with words we cannot even utter.  We may be so grieved and distressed that all we can do is groan.  The Holy Spirit will take our groaning and turn them into praise, confession, and adoration for the Lord. 

If you woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed then you are in good company.  The Lord understands and desires to help us during our times of weakness.  Christ will calm our hearts, organize our jumbled minds, and bring into captivity every thought and make them obedient to Him (II Corinthians 10:5).  Do not fear telling the Lord your every thought, even when it’s a cry for help.  The Lord understands.  Do not believe you are abnormal if your prayer time is spent groaning in despair.  I assure you this is more than normal – and the Lord can handle it. 

Come to Christ and let Him give you peace.  Such is His promise; He will grant to us peace, love, joy, and help.  Trust in the Lord today.

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