Because The Spirit Intercedes

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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Sprit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will (Romans 8:26-27).

We are sure not to realize how blessed we are to have such an advocate as the Holy Spirit. He discerns the thoughts and intents of our minds and hearts. He leads us in how we ought to pray, and he intercedes on our behalf when we do not know what to say. No other friend or close loved-one can accomplish a work so splendid. It is a work of love that is deeper than anything we could ever imagine. It is a work of love that reaches out to us when we need to be reached. And it is the work of love that reaches even further when we have exhausted any means we have to reach back.
Proverbs 20:5 tells us that "Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out." The human heart is truly the deepest well in the entirety of creation. For us, it is unfathomable. We desire to know the depths of our soul and would hope to learn more about our individual motivations, but we are so often eluded by our own inadequacies that would demonstrate to us that we do not even really know ourselves--much less anyone else. Though we would even deceive ourselves as to the painful truths about who we are, we do have someone who we cannot deceive. He knows us better than we shall ever know ourselves, and He can speak truth into our lives even when we are unable to see it. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is one who speaks the truth and that truth is in love. And we benefit greatly from one who sees clearly into the deep waters of our hearts, because He can clearly represent us when we ourselves cannot.
It is out of that love and knowledge that the Holy Spirit takes our concerns before the Lord. For in such a time we may find ourselves coming to God when we cannot find the words to say what needs to be said, or the words to confess our wrong, or the words to simply speak to Him because our hearts are heavy and have made it difficult to speak. We find that there are times when our circumstances are so hard, or our feelings so intense that though we wish to communicate with God, we are unable. Yet the Holy Spirit intercedes with expressions of what is within us, and effectively communicates what must be said. He will not let our needs go unmet, but ensures that our needs are sufficiently brought before the Father.
Our Father loves us so very much, and has provided for us every imaginable way to give us what is needed to keep our relationship with Him where it needs to be. In those times that our hearts are so heavy that we cannot utter a word, we can know that we can simply come into the presence of God and silently sit. And as our emotions well up within, there is One who sits with us. And without a word from us, the heaviness of our hearts and the urgency of our needs are carried to the Father by He who was sent to us to be our comforter.
When you come into the presence of God but cannot find the words, just relax and rest in Him, knowing that what you cannot say is not going unheard.


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