In the world but not of it

November 10, 2010


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O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Psalm 5:1

The term “groaning” in this passage refers to sighing or meditation. It speaks of those times when we just don’t really know what to say but are intensely focused on God and on speaking to Him and listening for Him.

Sometimes it is not so simple to come up with the words to say. When we come to the Lord to pray we typically know what we want to say, we’ve thought about the things that are at the forefront of our minds, we’ve considered the situations that are trying us the most but there are times when the pain is deep, there are so many unknowns and we are simply exasperated and can’t even form a sentence.

But we have help! Look at what Romans 8:26 says “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words”.

In other words, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with the sighing that we ourselves experience when we don’t know what to pray. The Holy Spirit, in effect, becomes a translator for us to God, taking those unspoken words and deep breaths and translating them into understandable language before God who knows exactly what our hearts and minds are experiencing at that very moment.

God is always listening and this “groaning” that we experience is seen throughout scripture as the Lord helped His people in the past under similar circumstances…

I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans and have come down to rescue them. Now go, for I am sending you back to Egypt. Acts 7:34

God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Exodus 2:24

You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel, who are now slaves to the Egyptians. And I am well aware of my covenant with them. Exodus 6:5

You and I can also be sure that the Lord hears our deepest thoughts and knows our greatest burdens, especially the ones that we cannot articulate or even form words around. He knows our desires and He understands what makes us tick.

This is why we must pray especially when we don’t know what to say. At that very moment we need to sit before Him and just meditate on Him and His word. The Holy Spirit will do the rest…


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