Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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))
Have you ever found yourself in a conversation and not know just how to say what you want to say? Perhaps you didn’t even know what to say, you just knew that you had a very strong opinion on the subject.
What do you find yourself doing in situations like this?
Do you through up your hands in frustration and let out an audible sigh? Do the people around you understand what you are attempting to express?
That is definitely a weakness of the human condition. We are often found without adequate words to express exactly what we want to express. When we simply can’t say what we want to say, we groan or sigh out of frustration. It’s too bad that we can’t be understood when we simply cannot verbalize what we feel.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was someone who could understand the groanings that we make when we can’t find the words to express ourselves?
I want you to consider something with respect to your relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
(Psalms 139:13 (NIV))
You are known intimately by the Lord. He understands you like no other. He understands the groanings of our spirit. He understands these groanings to be exactly what they are, for they are our desire to communicate concepts, emotions and desires that no earthly language is capable of communicating. We fail to be able to express our inner desires because we are a weak, sinful creation, but we still have the inherited memory of and a desire for a deeper communication with the Lord. Out of this weakness, our prayers are lifted up as groanings of the spirit.
Do you find yourself groaning in your weakness?