“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).
May God open our eyes to see what the holy ministry of intercession is, to which, as His royal priesthood, we have been set apart. May He give us a large and strong heart to believe what mighty influence our prayers can exert. And may all fear as to our being able to fulfill our vocation vanish as we see Jesus, living ever to pray, living in us to pray, and standing surety for our prayer life.” – Andrew Murray
This week there was an earthquake in Haiti. We have done two Gospel festivals in Haiti and we have friends in Port au Prince. I have not been able to get in contact with them because phone lines are down and they are not answering e-mail. I don’t know if they are alive or dead, injured or hungry or in need of shelter. But, even though I don’t know how to specifically pray for them, God does.
As I began to pray in an unknown language for my friends in Haiti, I felt God’s Spirit in my belly. God began to give me words in a heavenly language for me to pray. As I prayed, I sensed that angels were being dispatched to help my friends in Haiti where they needed the help the most. God’s Spirit helped me target my prayers accurately.
When we do not know how to pray, the Spirit helps us pray. The Holy Spirit lives inside you, and if you allow Him, He will help you pray. If you don’t know how to pray or what to say, put your trust in God and let Him pray through you. Open your mouth and give Him control. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, He will never take control without your permission, but if you give Him control, He will begin to pray with your voice.
From your belly will begin to flow rivers of living water that will bring healing to those who most need it.
Another time you may want to let the Holy Spirit pray through you is when you do not know what do in your particular situation. Are you trying to make a major decision? Are you facing an unknown danger? Are you being attacked by an unfamiliar enemy? Begin to pray in your heavenly language and God will give you words, perhaps even groans, which will bring direction and clarity to your situation.
You are not alone. When you don’t know how to pray, God is with you. If you allow Him, He will help you pray and then He will answer your prayers.
Check out Daniel King’s book: The Power of Prayer