Day 31 Luke 11:1-13
Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Just putting your thoughts together can sometimes be a struggle, especially when you are praying. Thankfully, The Holy Spirit helps us in such times. Romans 8:26-27 assures us:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Sometimes in the moment we must trust the Holy Spirit to convey the message of our heart to God. At other times, while we may not have the words, we have the time to find the words to pray. Often, Scripture itself can express what is on our heart or mind better than we could have said it ourselves.
When reading the Psalms, we find some very intimate and personal words from David to God. Sometimes when reading David’s words, I find myself empathizing with him. I want to say, “Yes, God, what he said! That’s exactly what I am feeling right now!” I have found myself reading the psalmist’s words out loud, not simply as a recitation but as a prayer. Through the scripture, I have found a way to express my thoughts and emotions to God.
There are other times when praying the Scriptures are beneficial in a different way. In I John 5:13-15, we read:
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
The will of God is expressed in the Bible. It is there we hear the Lord saying such things as this to the prophet Jeremiah: “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled” (Jeremiah 1:12). In Isaiah 55:10-11, God stated:
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
God is true to His word. What He promises, He will do. When we are at a loss for words, we can pray God’s word with confidence, knowing He hears us and that any request we make of Him is according to His will. So, we can pray with confidence that our prayers are not in vain. We will not find ourselves babbling nonsense if we are stating God’s own words back to Him. Let me give you an example.
“Lord, in John 13:34-35, you said that we must love one another as you have loved us and that by this, everyone will know that you are my disciples. You even went so far in Matthew 5:44 to tell us to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us. Lord, I am willing to love like you love. Please fill me with Your love and give me opportunities to show this love to others.”
That is a prayer you can be sure God hears and answers. You may have felt those emotions deep inside but were unable to find the right words to express it. Yet, by praying Scripture, you found the words to speak and you prayed them with confidence knowing they were in agreement with the will of God.
At a loss for words? Do not worry. Look into the Word to find how to express yourself. If you are still at a loss, trust the Holy Spirit. He knows your heart and will convey that to the Father.