I started reading through Romans again a little while back, I wasn’t really searching for anything while I was reading, I was just kind of taking it in and trying to understand what I was reading.
As I picked up my Bible and started reading through it tonight, I came across this verse that stood out to me. It’s funny how that happens, isn’t it? One moment you’re just reading along just trying to understand what’s going on and then BAM. All of a sudden there’s a verse or two that just kind of stand out. It’s like it’s saying “Here I am! Read me!”
I love it when that happens!
The verse that stood out to me was Romans 8:26. It said, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
I read that and just stopped my reading for the moment and texted it to Justin because I wanted to share my excitement over the verse. Then I reread it a couple of times and decided, hey. Why not write a blog post on it?! So here we are 😉
I’m not a Bible expert and my opinion is just that, an opinion. But here’s what I took that verse to mean! 🙂
Maybe this is just me, but honestly, I struggle with praying out loud. I struggle with it because I don’t always know what words to say. I’m not good with public speaking, I never have been. Something about praying out loud in front of people scares the bejeezus* out of me.
It’s an Irish thing, don’t overthink it haha
But that verse just kind of freed me up about that because it says that I don’t need to have the “right words.” I don’t need to “say” any kind of perfect prayer or anything to commune with God. It says that we don’t know how to pray as we ought, and that the Spirit is interceding for us with “groanings too deep for words.” That’s amazing to me! That tells me that it’s okay to not know exactly what to say or how to say it. It’s not about “doing” something as much as it is about “being” something.
There is no recipe for the perfect prayer. Sometimes just taking the time to be still in the presence of God and communing with Him in our hearts is the way to go. Sometimes it’s okay to not say anything and just let the Spirit work in and through us.
That honestly takes such a huge burden off of me. I don’t need to feel like a prisoner to words when I pray. I can just be in the presence of God and let Him work in my heart. Just opening up to Him and letting go of my inhibitions and just giving my all to Him.
I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on this because it just kinda hit me and I thought that there may be other folks out there struggling with it too. So thanks for reading along, and if it helped you too, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how the Lord is leading you in prayer! 😀