Romans 8.26 declares: “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.”.
All we need is honesty in prayer.
Honesty to say we don’t know how to live in a fallen world. How to deal with inglorious people. How to cope with hurt and harm.
Honesty to cry within as we to cry out to our God. Honesty to need him desperately. Honesty to trust him feebly in all our crushing circumstances.
Suffering in our fallen world has many shades. From natural disasters to human depravity. From the pride of being wise in our eyes (Romans 1:18-23) to the hypocrisy of faked love (12:9ff) to bruising superiority in church.
In all of these, we need honesty to groan. And God will grant us fidelity for tenacity. Because we take part in the Spirit’s groaning for the glory of God in our very inglorious relationships, marriages and families, churches and communities.
Oh, how we need honesty in prayer for the state of our hearts and homes, for our neighbours and nations! For glory to outshine and outlast inglorious people.
And the Spirit will grant us tenacity for fidelity – God’s lasting power of attorney to defend us from all accusations and free us from all condemnation (8:28ff).
Honesty in our “Spirit prayers” will bring us one step closer to God’s inseparable love in Christ which, in turn, will take us one step closer to his glory.
One of the adorable young kids recently overwhelmed me with her honesty and innocence. She reached out and grabbed hold of me and would not let me go. I was bowled over by her trust, hugs and affection. Doesn’t always happen but, boy, was my heart warmed!
Oh, how much must our God relish it when we reach out to embrace His love in all of life’s trying circumstances. Try it. It works. Amen.