Romans 8:25-27 NIV
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

These daily thoughts and prayers began months ago to help us each day to focus on Scripture and pray in unity. As lockdown continues and the Covid situation keeps changing, I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes comes to the start of a week not really knowing what to pray. I feel uncertain about how to encourage others, and while I DO trust and believe that God is in control, I find it hard to speak to Him about people and situations which are beyond my understanding.

It’s helpful to know that Paul – apostle, evangelist, teacher, and preacher that he was – could have felt this way too, even with his vast theological knowledge and deep relationship with Christ. We can fail to pray when we are struggling ourselves, feeling helpless/hopeless, confused about situations, or simply too tired to form words in our brain! What a comfort it is to know that as we surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit, He takes our deepest thoughts and the cries of our hearts, praying for us and with us in wordless groans which are in line with the Father’s will.

PRAY: Holy Spirit, thank you for understanding my deepest thoughts and seeing my inner desires with Your deep compassion and understanding. I surrender myself to You. Please intercede for me now, even if my own words feel too weak or too few. And give me the joyful confidence that through Your intervention, I am heard, and the Father will answer, according to His perfect loving will.

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