Saturday, October 25, 2008

When We Can't Pray

"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. 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." (Ro.8:26-28, NKJV)

Has there ever been a time when you just felt a great urge to pray, but didn't know how to express it, or as strange as it may sound, what to even express? I can remember a few times, when I just lifted up a grunt, or groan toward the Lord, because the pain & confusion was just too heavy & thick to say anything. I have a strong suspicion that I am not the only one. Well, one of the many benefits (Ps.103:1-5) of being a child of God is that this is enough, when we just cannot express our prayer needs. Our Father knows our needs, & our hearts. He also knows how to supply those needs in such a way that we'll receive them.
I used to think that verse 28 was a new thought after the verses before it, but they are perfectly interrelated! God knows that sometimes it is only severe trials & testings that will get us on our knees so to speak, & it is then that He can use those hard things He lovingly allows into our lives to all work together for good! Not that they are good, but they work together for our good!
Notice however this only works for those called by Him & who love Him. This of course are His children in fellowship with Him! All can be His children if they'll just trust in Christ as Savior, then this magnificent promise is good for you as well! I trust the Lord will use His precious Word in your life today!


Z said...

Hurrah, thanks for the new blog piece and the head's up!
I found what you said fascinating about V 28 not really fitting IN FIRST READING, but when one really looks at it, you're so right; it couldn't be a better fit.

What a privilege it is to reflect on that verse and be one who DOES call him for what He is, right? thanks SO MUCH. I get so much out of your thoughts .... and thanks for your always terrific comments at geeeeeZ! I REALLY appreciate your being there.

This is word verification word is WHIBLE! Like Bible!?

Bhedr said...

Amen David. Your suspicions are very correct I freely confess and am so thankful for this wonderful truth that God has helped you to articulate so clearly.

Grace upon grace,

Brian(Only Look)

David Wyatt said...

Howdy Z! You did notice! Glad you came over. Thanks again for your kindness. Yes it is a great privilege & joy to reflect on the magnificent Word of God here. I pray our freedom to do so continues. God Bless you!

Bro. Brian,

You know, you are an inspiration to me. I have often profited greatly from your posts at Only Look To Christ. May the Lord bless you!

Z said...

boy, if I EVER felt a 'great urge to pray'.......!!

David, I'm so happy you comment at my site. I look forward to you and I've told my Christian friends about your lovely saying about how the light shows up better against the darkness. It gave my bible study ladies this morning a big smile or agreement!

God bless you!

David Wyatt said...


I always look forward to your visits here! Thank you for your kindness. Nothing excites me more than to be used by my Savior to somehow bless His children. If you knew me like I knew me, you'd be even more amazed at His grace & mercy for allowing me to even live!!

Ms.Green said...

Hi David,

You were right. I feel right at home here. I'll be back often.

When I'm having difficulty putting my thoughts into words of prayer, I call on the Holy Spirit to pray on my behalf, just as He promised He would do. It's comforting to know He's there, feeling what I'm feeling and interceding for me.

David Wyatt said...

Howdy Ms. Green! Excellent comment. True, the Lord always keeps His promises. I appreciate that. Please do return often. God Bless!

Steve Dehner said...

Hi David,
well, you're right: I know the feeling of being so overwhelmed by circumstances and emotion that neither thoughts nor words come. On the terrible day that my family was devastated by a car accident and the days following, I had the experience just as you described it. I was thinking of writing a book about what has happened to our family. Chapter 2 is titled, "I Couldn't Pray." It largely illustrates what you said here. This brings you to a new depth of understanding His grace - He's always got us covered!
David, I enjoy your writing, it's so uplifting! Keep it up.
Your brother,
(The Gift & the Prize)

David Wyatt said...

Bro. Steve! I am so sorry, my brother, that I just now saw your response. I do not get email notifications, I am a dufus when it comes to these things! I so appreciate your sharing this. I did not know about your family. My orayers are with you & yours bro. Steve. I sense a real spiritual bond with you since we are brothers in Christ! Thank you so much for sharing your heart for our grat God & Savior, Jesus Christ!