When We Can’t Pray – The Spirit Prays For Us

Have you ever tried to pray but couldn’t? I have and you probably have as well. There are times when, if you are really down or have been hurt that, you kneel to pray and…. you can’t form the words. Maybe all you can do is weep. You are hurting.
The Bible says that when that happens, the Spirit of God intercedes for us. Paul said, “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26).
Paul is saying that when we get the wind knocked out of us… when we are down…when we are hurting… and we can’t form the words to pray, the Spirit steps in and helps our weakness… and intercedes for us… The Spirit knows our hearts. The Spirit knows our hurts. When we can’t form the words, the Spirit intercedes for us.
Think about that verse… we are dealing with deep theology here but… this verse is a reminder of how much God loves us and how much God helps us. When we can’t pray… when we can’t form the words… the Spirit comes alongside us and helps us.. picks us up and prays on our behalf.
I can imagine the prayer would go something like this;
“Father, I stand before you today and I come to you on behalf of my friend, Gregg Potts. Gregg is a believer and Gregg loves you. Lord, like every child of God, Gregg has slipped up a few times and he is sorry. But recently, Gregg got the wind knocked out of him. He’s hurt, Lord. He wants to pray but he simply can’t utter the words right now. So, I’m here on behalf of Gregg. Lord, I ask you to help to help my friend, Gregg. I ask you to reach down and lift him up. Let him know that you love him and he’s going to be ok. Father, give Gregg strength today. Thank you Lord. Amen.”
Today, if you are hurting, God wants to lift you up. God wants to help you. The Lord is reaching down to you. Give him your hand and will walk with you.

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