You get a telephone call or receive news that just knocks the props out from under you. You don’t know what to say, you don’t know what to do – you feel absolutely helpless and powerless! You don’t even know how to pray! If you have a “prayer language” (as Pentecostals or Charismatics put it) you may use the words the Holy Spirit prompts to express to God what is on your heart. But, you may not really be able to say anything because of what you’re facing! In fact, you may just find yourself groaning out your feelings out to God!
Good news! God hears it! He understands it! In fact the Bible declares that prayers like that are in the will of God! Here it is right out of the Bible…
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit , because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27)
How do I know about how the Holy Spirit can help us when we don’t know how to pray or what to say because of a problem so big it just leaves us groaning? Because something like that happened to Sharon and me yesterday! We got a telephone call like that… Oh thank you Holy Spirit for your help!!!
Oh, and the very next verse in the Bible? I think you know it… “And we know that for those who love God ALL THINGS work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose!” (Romans 8:28)