Rom.26,27 – In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
This scripture passage touches on so many aspects of our prayer life. One of the things I love about these verses is that it tells us how the Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we really don’t know what to pray for in a certain situation. Humility plays a big role in this, acknowledging God’s wisdom and yielding to Him as we pray in the Spirit will help us pray effective prayers. Here is how the Life in the Spirit Commentary describes this dilemma.
“So the problem is not that we do not know how to pray, but our circumstances are such that we often do not know what to pray. There is a certain confusion that accompanies living in two realms simultaneously. What do we pray when the conditions of the present age, to which we no longer belong, seem so much more real and pressing than those of the world we can only experience partially in the here and now? Although we are assured of deliverance from death and release from temptation at the resurrection, how do we pray in the meantime when sin and death still confront us? We have this assurance, however, that the Spirit is praying for us “in accordance with God’s will.” Furthermore, though we do not comprehend what the Spirit is praying, God certainly does because he “knows the mind of the Spirit”.”
Recently many of us have been praying for Israel in their recent situation with the Hamas inspired terrorist attacks. Many times I find myself not really knowing what to pray in this instance, not knowing specifically how God’s prophetic map will unfold. I know the Lord will reign in Jerusalem as the son of David and I know the Lord has given this land to Israel. On the other hand He loves everyone, including the Palestinians. I am praying first of all that the people of Israel will discover their true Messiah through this calamity and that many thousands of Israelis will come to Christ. Secondly I am praying that God would cause the Palestinians to cry out to the Lord in their day of trouble and that thousands of Gazans would come to the Lord. I don’t know where this is heading, only the Lord knows. This is a classic reason why we should pray in the Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers.