Have you ever been so overwhelmed or confused by a challenge or a hardship that you had no idea what to pray or how to pray? Whenever or for whatever reason you might find it difficult to pray, God wants you to know that YOU HAVE HELP IN PRAYER: "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." (Romans 8:26) We struggle with prayer because we are weak, and our weaknesses are many. We often don’t understand why God does what He does. Our desires don’t naturally line up with His will. At times we are impatient or lack hope or struggle to take God at His word. Behind it all is sin, and that really is our biggest barrier to prayer. How can sinners approach God and ask anything of Him?
Before you ever uttered your first words of prayer, the Holy Spirit opened your eyes to see and believe that Jesus is your Savior from sin, that He has removed everything that would separate you from God or get in the way of a relationship with Him. And now, just as you can be confident that Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead for your salvation, you can be confident that the Holy Spirit is right there with every prayer you pray. In legal matters, a lawyer may intercede for you, but in prayer matters – in the most important matters in life – it is the Holy Spirit who speaks on your behalf! In His own divine way beyond your words, the Spirit knows your heart and expresses your deepest needs in line with God’s will. His work is described as "interceding for the saints." (Romans 8:27) "The saints"? That’s how God sees all who trust in Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death for their salvation. When you come to the Father in prayer through faith in His Son, you are holy to God; you are His saints, and the Spirit attends to your every prayer. So pray with confidence. You have divine help in prayer!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.