Scripture: 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 with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26
…your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8
Probably the biggest problem in any relationship is communication. Whether it’s between spouses, parents and children, employers and employees, or just between friends, we’ve all experienced those times when we had a lack of communication and the problems that it caused. It’s generally no one’s fault.
It’s like that game Gossip we used to play where you whispered something to the person next to you and they whispered to the person next to them and by the time it got back around to you, it was nothing like you said. I’m reminded of the movie Cool Hand Luke where the warden looks at Luke and says “what we have heah, is failure to communicate.”
However, in our talking to God, we don’t have to worry about a failure to communicate. In our scripture above from Matthew, God knows what we need even before we ask him. But he still wants us to come to him in prayer. Sometimes, we’re not even sure what to say or what we want. Have you ever prayed for someone who’s been given only a few days to live? What do you pray for? Healing? Take them quickly? Make them comfortable? All of these? That’s when we rely on the Spirit! He will intercede for us! How about this corona virus? I’ve asked God to take it away. I’ve asked him to send us ventilators. I’ve asked him to keep our economy strong. I’ve asked God for us to use it to help people turn to him. I know you’ve asked for the same things and more. But whatever our prayer, remember, there is no communication breakdown. God knows our heart. The Spirit is interceding. Remember this no matter what you’re praying for.
There are so many things on our hearts right now. Corona virus, finances, relationships, the lost, the sick. And our thanksgiving for all the prayers that you’ve answered for us. God, our church has committed to 21 days of prayer and fasting. Help us keep our commitment now and to continue in the future. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank you for your Spirit. We love you.
In the Blessed Name of Jesus, Amen