Have you ever felt like this? Something was wrong, but you weren’t sure what? You wanted to pray, but didn’t know what to say?
I’m guessing you have, because it is a situation so common that God talks about it in the Bible.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom 8:26-27).
Sometimes a burden becomes almost too much to bear. Maybe you don’t feel well. Maybe you have failed God and don’t know how to find your way back. Maybe your life is caving in—you’ve lost your job, or your wife says she is leaving you. Maybe one of your children have turned their back on you or God. Or maybe your best friend has accused you of wronging them.
Life is full of situations that can hit us like a bucket of bricks falling off a roof. If nothing like this has ever happened to you, just wait. It will, sooner or later.
God knows how tough life can get. In fact, I suspect that He sometimes takes us into tough places to help us remember how much we need Him. You see, we forget so fast and we need his reminders at times.
So how does the verse above apply to such a situation?
We get to the place that we don’t have any answers left. We don’t even know what to pray. This doesn’t mean that God has turned His back on us. Instead, He wants to show us how much He cares. The Holy Spirit is able to read our hearts, and transmit our hurt, our sorrow, our guilt, to God. In fact, He does more than that, He intercedes for us. He prays the prayer for us that we can’t put together.
“Father, Lester is in trouble. He needs your assurance. He has failed you and he feels horrible. So horrible that he doesn’t even know how to talk to you about it. He wants to serve you, and be faithful, but he failed. Father, please forgive him, and give him your grace to go on…”
Just the other day, someone told me that the best prayer he ever prayed was one without words.
The point of all this is simple:
God cares about you. He loves you. He has made a way for you, even when you have no idea how to go on. Never let the devil persuade you that its all over and you have no hope.
In fact, right after the verse in the beginning of this post, it goes on to say this:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)