“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” vs. 26
Praying isn’t always an easy thing, even for believers. Oh, we can do a pretty good job of moving through our daily prayer lists. We know what we would like for the people we love; peace, healing, joy, wisdom–and it’s not hard to just pass our desires along to God. So that part of prayer is a piece of cake. But it gets tougher when we address the needs of the larger community and begin to think about the awful stuff we see on the news every day. We know we should be praying for those things too, but where do we start? On a macro level our world seems hopelessly confused and divided, and solutions, if there are any, seem beyond our pay grade. Paul knew that feeling and told the Romans that when we get to the end of our understanding in our prayers, the Spirit takes over. In our weakness, if all we can do is groan and whine, even our garbled sighs are good enough. God understands and makes astounding connections even in our moments of confused silence. What’s really important is that we keep on praying even if we think God must be getting bored. Prayer is that time of fusion, the coming together of the Christ within and the Christ beyond, and it always is good for our souls.
Thought for the Day: When do I get tongue-tied in my prayers?