Discipleship | Lesson 9 | Devotion 3

Romans 8:26 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.

Have you ever felt like you didn’t know what to pray? Have you ever felt like you might not be praying for the right thing? Sometimes, we turn prayer into a much more complicated resource than it was ever intended to be.

One of the most forgotten verses on prayer may be the one you just read. The power of this verse is that we do not have to be perfect at prayer. The Holy Spirit makes up for our lack of knowledge or understanding.

For instance, if you were going into a serious surgery, chances are you would want many people praying for the surgery. When people pray for the surgery, they do not need to go through every step of it or even be knowledgeable about the procedure. They would not need to pray over every cut or every function of your body or every possibility of everything that could go wrong. If we had to pray for every aspect of every situation, we would never be able to remember or even discover them all.

God in His wisdom knew that this would be difficult for us to do so He gave us the Holy Spirit. The beauty of Romans 8:26 is that as we pray for something like a surgery or a difficult situation, the Holy Spirit takes those things to the Father and shares our pains with the God who can do something about them!

To put it this way, you have a God who feels your pain.