Scripture Focus: “ 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.” — Romans 8:26) (NIV)

I received a much anticipated letter and could hardly wait to read the response to my request. I read and reread the letter. I put it aside for a few days and then I read it again. The passage of time did not help. I could not interpret the sender’s response although it was written in perfectly good English. He had responded in such a vague way that his words left me guessing. The father of our communication has no such problems. His knowledge about us and love for us is so complete that he can interpret our groanings. When I do not know how to pray or what to pray for, The Holy Spirit prays for me. When my own spirit is overwhelmed by uncertainty, I take comfort in knowing that the creator of the universe is acutely aware of my needs and longings. God knows the depths of my agony and the heights of my joy. There is never any miscommunication. My thoughts are known before they are framed in my mind. It is useless to use weasel words with God or to try to mask our true intent. What a blessing just to know that our prayers will be heard and that our words will never be misinterpreted.

Prayer Focus: Dear God, help me use my words to build up and never to tear down what you have created. Amen. {