Daily Devotional: Day 7
“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” (Rom 8:26, NIV).
Prayer doesn’t have to be stressful. A key part of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life is to support you in prayer, intercede for you and make up for your limitations. Invite him to lead, inspire and invigorate your prayer life. He understands your heart and can express your needs better than you do. He will speak to the Father for you with mysterious groans which human words can’t express. This does not mean you should quit praying. No, it means keep praying, but don’t do it alone. And don’t beat yourself up when you feel inadequate in prayer. Your prayer life will rise to a new level when you and the Holy Spirit work together. Why bear the burden alone when God has given you his own Spirit as your prayer partner? The Bible says, “And he [the Father] 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” (Romans 8:27). Be excited that the Holy Spirit is your prayer partner.
When you pray, be aware that the Holy Spirit is your partner in that exercise. Effective prayer isn’t about how loud you pray, how long you pray, or how eloquent you are. You’ll enjoy prayer better when you understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your prayer life and allow him to do his work. If you don’t let the Holy Spirit help you, prayer can wear you down. When you feel weighed down by prayer, you’re probably going about it the wrong way. Prayer is about relationship, not about routine. God knows about your limitations. Sometimes, you just can’t find the right words to express what’s on your heart. Other times, you just feel overwhelmed and speechless. Relax, the Holy Spirit gets it. The Father sent him into your life precisely for moments like these. He’s got your back. Be still, and let God be God (Psalm 46:10-11).
Daddy, thank you for sending your Spirit into my heart by which I can call you my Dad. I know that your Spirit intercedes for me. Henceforth, I shall not stress over my prayer life. I cast all my limitations on your Spirit, trusting him to be my sufficiency when I’m weak. In the Name of Jesus, I confess that my prayer life is energized and effective. Amen.
For further study: Zechariah 4:6-10; Acts 4:18-31
In the Spirit,
Charis Temple (non-denominational church)