I was doing the “Bible flip” a few moments ago looking for something interesting to read for a moment.
Flipped over to Romans the eighth chapter and there I found this verse.
Oh wait a minute, I forgot some background.
Earlier this everning I was beating myself up for being human, which people like me are prone to do. I told a class yesterday that in my 20’s I lived out a arrogant version of the gospel, showing little compassion for others, in my 30’s I became reaquainted with grace having become a father and then in my 40’s became arrogant again in my faith.
However, now in my 50’s I find myself very much aware of my flaws and my weaknesses and my need for the strength of God and the strength of those around me. And it was in one of these moments that I thought about the life of Paul, once Saul. He had actually approved the killing of christians and stood near and oversaw the stoning of Stephen. I had never killed Christians so I found comfort in that fact. I found additional comfort in the fact that Paul had learned to forgive himself as well as accept the forgiveness of God.
So it was with interest that the word “weakness” jumped out at me in verse :26 of Romans 8. “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”
I was talking to a close friend of mine about this very thing just the other day. Groanings while in prayer.
That is to say that you can pray in very fluid and flawless english or any other language. But that there is a form of communication much much deeper that I have experienced and would like to again.
A prayer that so burdens you that words are not adequate, not deep enough to convey the desire of which you wish for God to see, for Him to feel moved by your effort to catch his attention.
So in your weakest moments when you feel so vulnerable, so human, find a place within you deeper than words, that causes you to physically react to that which you feel so strong about.
Because in verse :27 of Romans 8 the establishment of your prayers will be found with the following words, “and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”