Prayer Life

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“…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

If your prayer life is anything like mine, it’s a rollercoaster.  There are times when I seem to get it.  My prayers come more freely, and I actually feel like I know what to ask for, and what to thank Him for.   And there are other times…I don’t even know what to say.  Worse, there are times when I resist praying, almost as if something is blocking me from praying.  Like a stream that has dried up completely.  In those times especially I often just mutter the Kyrie:  Lord, Have Mercy, Christ Have Mercy, Lord Have Mercy.

And here’s the thing:  He does have mercy!  And these verses explain it: “Even when we don’t know what to pray for (as we ought), the Spirit Himself intercedes…”  

Do you understand what that means?  When your prayer life appears to have dried up…it hasn’t.  “The Spirit Himself intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

What incredible comfort this is!  But so typical of God.  Never depending on us, He reminds us to depend on Him and trust Him.  

So when your prayer life is struggling, rejoice.  The Spirit is interceding for you.  You are indeed a saint, holy by virtue of Christ’s holiness covering you.  

Merciful Father, in those times when our prayer-life appears to have dried up, remind us that in our weakness Your Spirit is still interceding for us.  We thank and praise You that because of what Jesus has done for us, we are rightly called saints.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


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