You may be experiencing the same feelings I have when praying for certain individuals; I cannot find the right words to express my inner longings and desires for the person. This is part of our human condition that makes it so difficult to feel that I have prayed adequately or with the right words so God will hear and answer. God has an answer for this.
Paul had the same dilemma. “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 groanings 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). WHAT A COMFORT!
Think of God’s plan, that His people would have a personal resource within them who more than makes up for our weakness. But this is only experienced by those who belong to Jesus Christ; those who have been bought by His precious blood. It is not a secret society; it is a personal relationship that is given all the divine resources we need through a Divine Person dwelling in us.
I will often ask the Spirit for the right words to use in prayer. There is an interesting work He does as I submit to His work in me. He often will adjust my heart and attitude so they line up with His. When this happens, words in prayer come much easier because He is the source, NOT ME!
Do you pray as a ritual, or because of a relationship with God?
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