August 18, 2021
“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27
Have you ever been really impressed with someone’s prayer? Some people seem to have such great communication with God. Their words are powerful, eloquent, and encouraging. Conversely, have you ever felt like you are really bad at praying? You’re not really sure what to say or how to say it. You are not even sure what you should be praying for.
Thankfully, the effectiveness of our prayers is not limited by our expertise in praying. Romans 8:26-27 teaches us that we have the perfect interpreter. The Holy Spirit is the one who intervenes for us. You don’t need the perfect words for God to hear you. The Holy Spirit knows our hearts and he brings the right words to the Father. But it doesn’t end there. He not only knows our hearts, but he knows our needs. At the time’s when you are confused or frustrated or angry, the Holy Spirit still knows what you need even if you are completely oblivious. So don’t let confusion or frustration or anger ever keep you from praying. Bring everything to God even when you have no idea what to say. Your holy interpreter will intercede, making your prayer everything it needs to be. The most important thing is not that you know exactly how to pray. The most important thing is that you never stop praying.
Heavenly Father, I do not know what everyone needs this morning. I don’t even really know what I need. But I know You have plans to prosper us and not to harm us. I know You have plans to give us a hope and a future. And I know that You love when we come talk to You. So today I ask that you work in a mighty way in my life and the lives of my people.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon