Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Have you ever been so stressed or in turmoil that words just can’t seem to explain it all? It’s like the only sounds that come out of your mouth are groans. Sometimes you can’t really explain it to yourself let alone to others, and at times you can’t even pray. Life is tough at times, and there are moments in our lives when obstacles seem overwhelming. Like when you exercise and you exert yourself so much that you begin to groan. Problems can do the same thing. They can be so difficult that you can’t really explain them, but you just know how hard it is. How do you put in words the feelings of depression or loss? How do you explain hurt. Sometimes you can’t describe the crisis you find yourself in.
Today I just want to encourage those people. See, God knows. In Mathew 6:5-14 Jesus talks about praying. He tells the people not to pray these super long prayers to get attention. He tells them to do it in private between themselves and God. In vs. 8 Jesus state “…Your father knows what you need before you ask” So be encouraged. When you don’t know what to do or even say remember that God knows and understands. He will help you and comfort you.
Have you ever been hungry and someone fed you without you having to ask? How you ever had so much work to do then suddenly a coworker offered to take some of that load? Do you remember how relieving that is? It is such a blessing when people help you. How much more of a blessing is it when God does the same thing? So take courage, when you can’t describe the situation you are in, remember that you are not alone and God knows. I want to leave you to meditate on this verse. It brings everything in perspective.
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. Romans 8:26-27