HIS INTERCEDING SPIRIT
by Noelle Morin
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. – Romans 8:26 (HCSB)
It had been a long 10 hours in the waiting room, but I had not had a bad day. Both Michael and I were “prayed up” and ready for this elective surgery. We knew the risks, the benefits and the expected outcomes. We had an army praying at home. I spent my time waiting and had even enjoyed encouraging others waiting for their loved ones to come out of surgery. There were warm talks about how trustworthy and good God is. It was joy-filling for my soul and very tiring.
Ten hours was a really long time.
The waiting room crowd had thinned out, and I found myself alone and wondering about Michael. I learned that Michael hadn’t done well in surgery; he had crashed and needed strong medication. He was sedated on mechanical ventilation, but he was alive!
Now my heart praised Jesus with groaning.
It is possible to pray without words. The deep soul level cries of intense need, fear or even gratitude are all wordless forms of communication. And our Maker knows this language. We forget about His constant presence. I had certainly forgotten for a few moments as I stood looking at my downed husband. Michael has since recovered.
Our prayers are heard, friend; both the words and the soul-groans. Our God is mighty to move for us. His love and reach is limitless!
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that the moment I get tired in the waiting, Your Spirit is right alongside helping me. When I don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. You are there, praying for me, making prayer out of my wordless sighs, my aching groans. I have confidence that every detail in my life of love for You is working into something good (Romans 8:26-28, MSG).
“God’s plan for you is to move you to a position of impact by infusing you with truth and employing you in prayer.” – Priscilla Shirer
Engage10K Prayer: Pray that the Holy Spirit will intervene in our thoughts, words and actions to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can think or ask.