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Forty Days of Prayer - Day 17

January 28, 2020


Romans 8:26-27


“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 through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”


Paul tells us in Romans 8 exactly why we need the Holy Spirit’s help in prayer. We need the spirit to intercede (act on our behalf) because we are too weak on our own. We may not like to admit that we really don’t know as much as we think we do. In fact, Paul even shares that too often we don’t even know what or how to pray.


Life is difficult and is often filled with troubles that are too much to deal with all alone. On our own, we struggle even to cry out to God for help. Thankfully, God has gifted His Holy Spirit to live inside us and help us by guiding our heart, comforting us, speaking to us, prompting us and strengthening us. And, when we don’t know how we should pray, “the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings too deep for words.” He’s at work and you may not even know it.


I wanted to share with you an example Missy provided from a previous study of how the Holy Spirit works with God to know our deepest desires and to answer prayers, even though we may not see it at first.
“Augustine’s godly mother, Monica, prayed for years for the salvation of her wayward son. He told her that he was going to move to Italy. She prayed that he would not go, because she thought that he would be led into further sin there. But he went and got saved there. The Spirit took her deepest desire, re-directed it before God’s throne, and her son got saved and became the most influential theologian for the next one thousand years.”

Will you commit to sitting still today and meditating on your impossible/audacious prayer list WHILE you wait for the Holy Spirit to whisper the wisdom you need and act on your behalf with our Father? Feel His presence and trust that He knows your heart’s deepest desires and He knows God’s almighty will.


Further reading: Job 37:19; Matthew 20:22; John 14:15-31; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 8:16.


Dear Heavenly Father,

I am consumed with gratitude for the gift, honor, and grace involved in the Holy Spirit’s intercession with our prayers. I am thankful He knows our hearts and lines our requests up with Your sovereign will. There is no reason for us to worry about what to say or how to say it. We shall trust and believe that in our weakness Your Holy Spirit will step in and give us the power we need for prayer.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



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