by Michelle Welch
“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 with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
Romans 8:26 (NIV)
On my knees again. A place of my choosing yet here because of the call of His Spirit. He knows I can’t do this alone yet tears fall as I try to explain why I tried once again to do just that. I am reminded of my own children as they struggled to explain why once again they had tried to outsmart me. I smile as I realize that we are all like children, ever learning that we don’t know everything.
Sometimes my prayers are words that freeze up, shattering like so many falling icicles as their weight brings them crashing down. I come before my Father, shivering with the fear of shame, my heart once again filled with the coldness of careless behavior. How many times have I begged for His Grace…..again.
I grew up thinking that prayers had to be formal and structured. I thought that if you had any sin at all in your life, He would not listen to your prayers until you had resolved every single bit of sin. When I came to understand that even if I can only muster up a few words from my hurting heart He will hear me, how my life was changed.
I may not get it right every time. The words may get jumbled up in my head. I may forget to pray for someone who has asked for prayers. I may not even be able to utter a single, solitary syllable. Yet the very act of being on my knees opens up the window to my soul. The words of my need are carried to His listening ear by His Holy Spirit. He hears me even when all I can muster are great slobbery sobs of anguish. His Healing power will rush over me like clear, refreshing water.
Dearest Father God, Thank You so much for the words of Romans 8:26. They are like a healing balm for my soul. You are so merciful to us as sinners. Thank You for leaving us with the Holy Spirit who covets our words so He can send them to You. Bless us in this week heading into Easter. Let our hearts and minds be aware of the supreme sacrifice of Your Son. Let us be mindful of those who are searching for you. Let the Holy Spirit guide our hearts as we share You with those in need. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen
Copyright © 2012,Michelle Welch, all rights reserved, Breath of Life Women’s Ministries. Bible scripture taken from NIV.