“How about a blog?”
I hesitated. “What in the world is a blog and will it hurt?” Next I wondered what I’d write about. Seven years and almost 2,000 blog posts later, I’m still wondering what to write about.
Sometimes prayer leaves us just as confused. We have a lot of needs and issues of our own, then there are friends and family, but how should we pray for these things? What do we say?
Years ago a woman asked an elder in my church for prayer. She had an unbearable pain in her shoulder and asked the man to pray that God would remove the pain.
The man carefully listened, despite being hard of hearing, bowed his head and began to pray something like this … “Father, help this woman find a new job. You know her need. Open doors for her with a good-paying job that she enjoys.”
When the man was done praying, the dumbfounded woman left disappointed that she’d been ignored.
The next week she shared with the congregation that out of nowhere she was offered a better paying job and her shoulder stopped hurting.
I’m so thankful that even when I don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit knows the will of God. He always prays exactly for the will of the Father, no matter what comes out of me; it’s only the will of God that is answered by God.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but he Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).