"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26
Have you ever not known what to pray, or how to pray, about a particular situation? Before His crucifixion Jesus was there with the disciples. Any question they had, anything they needed to know, they just asked Him. He was there and gave them the answer, the insight, the revelation, the guidance, and the understanding to their questions. But Jesus wasn't always going to be there. He knew He was getting ready to be offered up in death for the sins of the world. So He told His disciples that when He was gone He would send them another Comforter in His place. This Comforter- the Holy Spirit- would be with them and in them teaching them all things.
Our verse sums up one of the works the Holy Spirit does in our lives-- helps us to pray as we should. Not only do we not know what to pray or how to pray but also our own will, thoughts, opinions, ideas and assumptions get in the way of our prayers and instead of praying according to the Father's will we wind up praying our own will.
When you go to your place of prayer each day, when you knee before God to make your request, ask the Holy Spirit to come into your prayer time. Ask Him to come along beside you and help you pray. When you do, your prayers will get further and you will see more answers. The reason being is that the Holy Spirit always knows what the will of the Father is in any and every situation and will not pray otherwise or against that will. "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (verse 27)
Have a great day. If you are unsure how to pray and what to pray, invite the Holy Spirit into your prayer time and ask Him to help you.
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