His Spirit helps us
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. Romans 8:26
Have you ever had trouble knowing just how to pray about a situation? You tried to pray the way that made sense to you, but just didn’t receive any peace about it? Maybe it was about a family member who was struggling with a decision they needed to make or a friend that was given a bad report from the doctor? Maybe it was something you were praying about in your own circumstances, but no matter how you prayed about it, you just couldn’t stop thinking and worrying about it.
This happened to me recently and it was a good reminder about the prayer of faith that gets results. Someone close to me was wrestling with a decision that they needed to make. It was difficult for them to step away from a relationship that had been a part of their life for so long. I felt the stress of the problem on them and hated to see them having to deal with this at such a young age, but knew that when they got through to the other side, they would be stronger and the relationship would be in a better place. I prayed about it for quite a while, and I just couldn’t stop thinking about all the possible outcomes. I was definitely worrying, but I kept taking it back to God and in my heart I knew He had a great solution. Praying in my understanding brought no resolve, so I began to pray in the Spirit. From that point on, every time I was tempted to worry about it, I resumed praying in the Spirit and believing for the answer. The Spirit of God helped me when I was be weakened with worry and stress. I didn’t know how I should pray, I just wanted it to work out right. I know the Holy Spirit was taking my petition before God and bringing back the answer to me, so that I could pray out the perfect will of God. It didn’t take long at all before I suddenly knew the right response and the answer to the problem. Of course, the Holy Spirit reminded me what the scripture says and what the right decision was to make. Now I began to pray this promise over the situation in my underestanding. I felt peace almost immediately. I still didn’t know if the situation was going to work out this way, but I did know how to pray about it. Glory to God! I now believe that by knowing the answer, I can pray this over the situation to open the door for God to come in and work out all the details! He is so good!!
The very next verse here in Romans 8 says that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us which because He knows the will of God. Paul continues in verse 28 to say that God works all things, including people and problems together for good, but only for those who love God and His purpose. (This doesn’t mean that everything that happens is God’s will) So no matter what you are up against, when you get the plan and will of God on the situation, you can be sure He is working it all out for your good because you love Him!
Today I want to encourage you not to worry but to pray! Whatever you are stressing about, believe that God has a perfect solution and plan and He wants you to know what it is. Begin by praying and asking God to show you how He sees the situation and what His desired results are for the outcome. Ask for scripture to reinforce the will of the Father and then pray in the Spirit for godly wisdom and understanding. Your heavenly Father has the answers and He has sent His Spirit to help when you don’t know how to pray about it.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 8:26-30