“In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. And God, who sees into our hearts, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.” Romans 8:26-27 (GNT)
There are many things I don’t know, and sometimes words are one of them. Thankfully, that’s okay. In fact, God promises that our silence in prayer is not inactivity. While we are still before God, the Holy Spirit is at work, speaking for us and pleading on our behalf. Praise God that I have an advocate who wants what is best for me! As I listen and allow Him to work, I’m then given His knowledge and my stubborn will is aligned with God’s perfect plan.
On the support-raising journey, we have lots of requests—most of them dealing with money. That’s okay. God asks for us to come before His throne of grace with confidence and lay all of our requests at His feet. That intimacy with the One and only God is a beautiful gift. However, we often go before Him and then hang on to our requests with clenched fists instead of laying them down and allowing the Holy Spirit do His work.
When things aren’t going according to my plans, my words and prayers are often like clanging gongs and are laced with fear. This often leads to frustration and tears. However, I’ve learned that my tears are not bad, because this posture often forces me into a wordless silence. I have learned—and am still learning—that my requests are heard and that God takes it from there. For what I don’t know, He knows in abundance. This truth allows me to be joyful in God’s presence and at peace on my journey, because I know that He is at work and cares.
- Praise God for His wonderful gift of intercession!
- After you’ve made your requests before God, be silent and listen. Allow God to give you His knowledge and align your will with His.