The aid and comfort of the Holy Spirit
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” (Romans 8:26, NIV)
The limitations of human language
There are times when words fall short in expressing our thoughts and emotions. Few words seem appropriate in times of intense suffering – the sudden death of a loved one or a dire health diagnosis – when depression and anxiety rob us of the ability to express the depths of our despair. Conversely, we may find it nearly impossible to come up with words to match the intense highs of life. We might find ourselves speechless at the birth of a child or in being reunited with a long-lost friend.
Our prayer lives are not much different. How does one express the extreme joy of experiencing love for the very first time? What does an individual pray when they are contemplating suicide? For any number of reasons, words can evade us, often when we need them the most.
The help of the Holy Spirit
In Romans Chapter 8, the Apostle Paul speaks of the Holy Spirit’s divine intervention in our prayer lives. Paul writes to the Church at Rome, “…the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26, NIV). I find it quite likely that the language of the Holy Spirit is far different from any language spoken by people. In any regard, it is a language that is understood by our Heavenly Father even though it may be imperseptible to us.
What comfort we have in knowing that God is so intimately connected to and concerned for us that He would speak through His Spirit on our behalf! May we lean into the life giving work the Holy Spirit is accomplishing in us.
Holy Spirit, pray in me. Thank you for interceding on my behalf. Help me to stay in-step with what you are accomplishing through me. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.